Jose Nolazco

Research Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine

1 active project

Smoking and Cancer

Continued smoking in cancer patients can increase the odds ratio of recurrence and progression. Some patients will adopt a healthier lifestyle after a cancer diagnosis and quit smoking, while others will continue to smoke. Medical counseling plays a fundamental role…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

Continued smoking in cancer patients can increase the odds ratio of recurrence and progression. Some patients will adopt a healthier lifestyle after a cancer diagnosis and quit smoking, while others will continue to smoke. Medical counseling plays a fundamental role in tobacco cessation, therefore, the tobacco cessation rate might be influenced by the healthcare professional factor. While some physicians will not get involved in this task others, might provide direct advice regarding tobacco cessation to their patients or enroll them in a program with specialized tobacco cessation experts. This study aimed to test the hypothesis that different medical specialties are associated with different tobacco cessation rates in tobacco-related cancer patients.

Project Purpose(s)

  • Disease Focused Research (cancer)
  • Social / Behavioral

Scientific Approaches

Cross-sectional study.
The outcome of interest was to continue to smoke.
Identify smoking prevalence among cancer survivors.
Analyze the smoking rates among different cancers by specialty.

Anticipated Findings

We hypothesize that there is a difference in continuing smoking depending on cancer type by specialty.
Scientific Contribution for physicians:
- Realize that smoking status in cancer patients depends not only on patients factors but also on physician factors
- Learn that in this large study, we found that urologic patients were the ones with the highest continuing to smoke rate after diagnosis.
- Ask themselves how are they doing tobacco cessation counseling to their patients in their practice.
- Intend to improve (hopefully, after understanding the importance of their role as physicians) tobacco cessation counseling with their patients.

Demographic Categories of Interest

This study will not center on underrepresented populations.

Data Set Used

Registered Tier

Research Team

Owner:

  • Jose Nolazco - Research Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine

Collaborators:

  • Panagiotis Katsonis - Other, Baylor College of Medicine
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