• Will my dad be required to quit smoking in order to have surgery for his lung cancer?

    Asked by Enemacruz on Thursday, June 14, 2012

    Will my dad be required to quit smoking in order to have surgery for his lung cancer?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Probably not. But of course there are all kinds of benefits if he did. In addition to the obvious, smoking causes wounds to take a lot longer to heal. I quit smoking just before my surgery on the strong advice of my oncologist and surgeon, but they would have performed the surgery whether I had quit or not.

      over 5 years ago
    • hgbkokopelli's Avatar
      hgbkokopelli

      NO WAY!!
      It might or might not help if he did but don't take away all the independence or joy he has and wants. He needs to call the shots
      of what he wants and it will make your life miserable if he is cranky. In Hospice we can only tell the patients and caregivers of the risk of smoking with O2 and the fire hazard but I have cared for many that will not quit. It does not allow them to live any longer than the good/bad Lord says one is gonna be here. It's the quality of his life that is important from here and on...Really Seriously.
      I will pray for you and him!!

      over 5 years ago

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