Feb 26, 2013 - 4:32 pm
After my Mom’s diagnosis of EC in November I thought she had quit, but then during treatment (2 rounds of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation), found out she had started again. I had a very frank conversation with her about it, and then she seemed to be back on track with quitting. I just found out that she is STILL smoking. I now believe she has mucositis (from the combination of smoking and the radiation), which is clearly very troublesome.
Smoking does so much damage to “normal” tissue, and I can’t imagine the damage that is does to tissue that has been exposed to so much radiation. And given that cancerous cells are more prone to mutation than normal cells, I am also very concerned that she has basically been giving her already large tumor a free pass to grow and spread like crazy.
NONE of her Drs. have spoken to her about smoking, which boggles my mind since she her cancer is a direct result of her lifetime of smoking. I feel like I don’t know what to do. I have gotten her multiple anti-smoking meds to try, I have had discussions with her about the damage that smoking causes, and I had offered her support. I’ve even brought up smoking during Drs. appointments, so she could get the facts from someone other than me.
Has anyone ever had experience with a loved one continuing to smoke throughout treatment? If so, how do you think it affected the outcome of treatment or their overall diagnosis?