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What is the Tobacco Treatment Program?
The Tobacco Treatment Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center is a program that offers assistance to all patients using tobacco products and those who have used tobacco within the past year. If you join this program, you will get counseling along with the use of pharmacotherapy (nicotine replacement therapy and/or other medications).
Pictured from left to right: Kristen Kreamer, MSN, Carolyn Heckman, PhD, Hossein Borghaei, DO, Rachel Slamon, Health Educator, Karen Mechanic, MD, and Donna Edmondson, MSN.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with the Tobacco Treatment Program, please contact scheduling at 888-FOX-CHASE.
How does smoking affect cancer and its treatment?
It's never too late to quit smoking.
Effects of smoking on cancer treatment:
- Poor wound healing after surgery
- More side effects from chemotherapy
- Fewer cancer cells killed by radiation
Quitting smoking can:
- Improve treatment results
- Lower side effects and problems from treatment
- Lower risk of more cancers
- Improve quality of life
- Lengthen your life
What medications do you recommend?
Medications help reduce cravings and withdrawal. When you meet with your nurse, you can discuss which treatment is best for you.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
- The patch, gum and lozenge
- You shoud not smoke while using NRT
Non-Nicotine Pills (require a prescription)
- Chantix (Varenicline)
- Zyban (Bupropion)
What is the counseling like?
Counseling can help you control the smoking habit. You will decide if you want to cut back or quit. You and your counselor will talk about issues like:
- Planning to quit
- Dealing with cravings and withdrawal
- Getting social support
- Coping with stress
- Recovering from lapses
- Staying tobacco free
How much does it cost?
The counseling sessions are free.
Your insurance may be billed for:
- appointments with the nurse
You may need to pay for some of these costs.
What other resources are available at Fox Chase?
Resource and Education Center (215-214-1618)
Stop by to talk to a health educator or for cancer resources at these locations:
- The Young Pavilion (front lobby area)
- The CRU waiting area (Outpatient Department, just beyond the fireplace)
Available Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Social Work Services (215-728-2668)
Social Work offers counseling and support for patients and families in coping with cancer at all stages of diagnosis and treatment. Practical problems are also addressed like transportation, accommodations for family members, nursing home placement, insurance and financial concerns.
Risk Assessment Program (877-627-9684)
All Tobacco Treatment Program participants are also eligible to join our Lung Cancer Risk Assessment program (L-RAP).
Where can I learn more about quitting?
- NCI Quitline: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)
Who can I contact?
If you have a question about your treatment or are having side effects from your tobacco treatment, contact your nurse practitioner.
Donna Edmondson, MSN, CRNP, OCN
Kristen Kreamer, MSN, CRNP, OCN
If you have a question about your counseling session, contact a Health Educator.
Resource and Education Center Staff
If you would like to speak with someone about managing stress, contact a mental health provider.
Carolyn Heckman, PhD, Psychologist
Karen Mechanic, MD, Psychiatrist
Download a printable brochure about the Tobacco Treatment Program [PDF]