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Fox Chase Cancer Center Offers New Smoking Cessation Program; Options Include Acupuncture and Hypnotherapy

UPDATE: This program was only offered on January 19, 2000. For more information, see Fox Chase's current Tobacco Treatment Program.

PHILADELPHIA (January 10, 2000) -- If your New Year's resolution is to stop smoking, Fox Chase Cancer Center can help. The Center is offering a smoking-cessation program on Wednesday, January 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In addition to traditional methods, acupuncture and hypnotherapy are being offered to help you kick the habit.

The stop-smoking program is being offered through Complete Care, the Complementary Medicine Program of Fox Chase Cancer Center. Complete Care integrates established and complementary medical approaches to enhance and broaden the services available to people who want to maintain or renew their good health.

The traditional approach to smoking cessation includes education and counseling. Over the past two decades, Fox Chase Cancer Center has developed several stop-smoking programs targeted to particular audiences. These include Clear Horizons, the first stop-smoking program designed for adults age 50 and older. Another was Quitting Times, a self-help guide aimed at mothers of young children and pilot-tested in well-baby clinics under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Fox Chase behavioral researchers also launched Pathways to Freedom, a smoking-cessation program for African Americans now used around the nation.

The new Fox Chase program also goes beyond teaching about the dangers of smoking by addressing the process of quitting. It includes information about the experience of quitting, addresses family issues, identifies obstacles, teaches strategies for dealing with them, and offers advice for smokers who may need more help in their fight to give up cigarettes.

One such suggestion is medical intervention offered through Fox Chase. Often times, over the counter medicines or prescribed medication are needed to help control a nicotine addiction. Doctors at Fox Chase can help facilitate that need by contacting the smoker's primary care physician. Insurance often covers prescription drugs used to help people stop smoking.

Acupuncture is another option to help smokers quit for good. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown as effective in the treatment of specific health problems. The National Institutes of Health supports the use of acupuncture for addiction. Acupuncture is covered by many health insurance policies.

Hypnotherapy is also effective for helping smokers quit. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic setting. Hypnosis is the process of bypassing conscious, critical thinking to achieve selected goals by impressing them into the subconscious mind. For those trying to quit smoking, hypnotherapy can help reduce anxiety and stress and help reduce excess weight gain often associated with smoking cessation.

People trying to stop smoking often replace that habit with other habits. Exercise is one habit that is encouraged. Fox Chase can offer help in developing a personal exercise program.

Often, an increase in "snacking" will occur when quitting smoking to compensate the stimulation to your mouth. A few moderate exercises that can be done anywhere throughout the day will burn more calories to compensate for any additional food intake.

Of course, regaining normal lung capacity, improving bone density, enhancing strength and flexibility as well as improving your general musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health are additional benefits from exercise.

The smoking-cessation program at Fox Chase Cancer Center costs $10 and includes the educational and counseling seminar and supplies. Specific fees for medical intervention, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and exercise programs will be explained during the program.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 37 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

For more information, see Fox Chase's current Tobacco Treatment Program.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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