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Quitting Smoking When You Already Have Lung Cancer: Does It Matter?

Quitting Smoking When You Already Have Lung Cancer: Does It Matter?

Many patients feel that once they develop lung cancer, it is pointless to quit smoking. Smoking is one of the toughest addictions to break, and with the added stress of battling lung cancer it can be even more difficult. However, there are several significant benefits to quitting, especially for patients with early-stage, potentially operable disease.

When a patient is under evaluation for lung cancer surgery there are several risk factors to consider, such as age, smoking status, an... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Pulmonary Medicine, Substance Abuse

Prescription Drug Misuse in the United States

Prescription Drug Misuse in the United States

Narcotic prescription medications have important medical uses, but they also stimulate the reward center of the brain. In susceptible individuals, this can l... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Substance Abuse

The Real Risks of Vaping: All Clinicians Must Ask the Right Questions and Warn Patients

The Real Risks of Vaping: All Clinicians Must Ask the Right Questions and Warn Patients

Most of us have seen the recent news regarding the alarming rise of respiratory-related illnesses and deaths due to e-cigarettes, or vaping. For those not aw... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Substance Abuse

Update: State Regulatory Environment for Opioid Prescribing

Update: State Regulatory Environment for Opioid Prescribing

As prescribers for patients with acute and chronic pain in primary care, NPs and PAs are very much aware of the national opioid epidemic, including ways in w... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, NPs & PAs, Substance Abuse

The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain

The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain

The misuse of opioids and inappropriate prescribing patterns have led to addiction and overdose deaths in the United States that have risen sharply in the pa... Continue Reading

Filed under: Oncology/Hematology, Substance Abuse

Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

So what is vaping? Vaping is the inhaling and exhaling of an aerosol produced by using a vaping device. Vaping is illegal for anyone under the age of 18, and... Continue Reading

Filed under: Public Health, Substance Abuse

Substance Use Disorders in Youth

Substance Use Disorders in Youth

In the United States, about 5% of youth aged 12 to 17 will develop a substance use disorder (SUD) each year, but fewer than 10% of the 1.3 million youth who... Continue Reading

Filed under: Public Health, Substance Abuse

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