Originally Posted by kjonesin
Can anyone help me understand why my mother continues to smoke after receiving diagnosis of non small cell lung cancer?
i can totally understand your frustration...as my Dad smoked almost up to the day he passed w/ nsclc an my Mom who is battling sclc is still smoking...some of it can be denial that the smoking caused it....people who are still smoking...have heard how bad it is...some are addicted to the nicotine...which is real....and hard to beat on your own...but many...although they may not admit it publically...as it is not politically correct... do truly enjoy it and are not ready to give it up. Smokers also feel that smoking helps to relieve stress...they feel better...and isn't getting a cancer diagnosis stressful? There can also be a belief that it is too late now to make a difference so why bother....
We have struck a compromise w/ my Mom...she took new smoking pill...Chantrix(sp?)...and was able to go from a 50 year habit of 2.5 packs (40-50 cigerettes a day) ...to having an average of about 8 cigerettes a day...she still has the cigerettes she enjoys...but even the DR. has crontulated her on the dramatic reduction...quitting or reducing...may not change the ultimate outcome...but we were told it would help to make treatment more successful...and at the very least ...make her breathing more comfortable as she goes through the didease process. I am proud of her for the reduction she has made...and am understanding that these are HER life issues and choices...and are supporting her in that.
Don't be upset w/ your Mom for not quitting...but ask her Dr. about medications that may help her...or at least dramatically reduce the amount she feels the need to smoke...she may be willing to compromise like my mom did...and help herself feel better as she battles this...hope this helps...