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BRAIN, BEHAVIOR AND CANCER SEMINAR SERIES October 31, 2012, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hillman Cancer Center, Cooper Classroom C

The Impact of Smoking Cessation after Cancer Diagnosis on Survival of Cancer Patients: Findings from the Shanghai Cohort Study

Jian Min Yuan, PhD

Professor and Associate Director for Cancer Control and Population Sciences

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Cigarette smoking is the most important causal factor for many cancers and death. However, the impact of continued smoking on the survival of cancer patients after diagnosis is not well studied. We examined the association between smoking after cancer diagnosis and risk of all-cause mortality in 1,592 incident cancer patients who participated in the Shanghai Cohort Study. After a mean follow-up of 5 years after cancer diagnosis, current smokers at cancer diagnosis who continued smoking experienced 61% (33% to 94%) increase in risk of death among all cancer patients compared to those who quit smoking after cancer diagnosis. The median survival time after cancer diagnosis was 6.4 years for patients who quit smoking after cancer diagnosis compared with 2.8 years for those who continued smoking (P < 0.01). Smoking cessation even after cancer diagnosis increased overall survival of cancer patients. The encouragement of cancer patients to quit smoking during clinic visits at or after cancer diagnosis could be an effective strategy to improve the prognosis of cancer patients.

The Cooper Classrooms are located on the ground level of the Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Ave, Shadyside. After entering the building walk to the left past the elevators and gift shop and make the first left down the hallway. Room C is the 3rd door in the lobby area.

Parking is available in the garage at the UPMC Cancer Pavilion across the street from the Hillman Cancer Center (~$6 cash/credit for 1-2 hours). There are also parking meters along Centre Avenue, Cypress Street, and Baum Boulevard in the blocks surrounding the Cancer Center. The 71A & 71C both travel from Oakland and stop at Cypress Street just beyond the Cancer Center entrance. UPMC shuttles also run between Oakland and Shadyside (  

A light lunch will be provided.  Please contact Please contact Susan Sharp ( if you plan to attend, need directions, or need more information.