June 14, 2021
Helping patients with cancer to quit smoking
PEI Cancer Treatment Centre – Tobacco Cessation and Relapse Prevention Program
Offers point-of-care smoking cessation support for ambulatory patients with cancer:
- All new patients with cancer are asked about their tobacco use status at intake and a tobacco cessation consultation is integrated into a tobacco user’s initial appointment at the cancer centre. Front-line staff routinely discuss tobacco use with patients with cancer, advise them to quit smoking and offer a referral for further support.
- A multi-disciplinary team of on-site tobacco cessation educators provides patients with cancer with behavioural counselling, recommendations for smoking cessation medications, follow-up support and referrals to community smoking cessation resources, including the provincial quitline, Smokers’ Helpline. Caregivers that smoke can also receive on-site counselling and a referral to the PEI Tobacco Cessation Program.
- All residents enrolled in the PEI Tobacco Cessation Program are eligible for free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or prescription smoking cessation medications. With short-term funding, PEI Cancer Treatment Centre is piloting the provision of free NRT for patients with cancer at the point of care.
COVID-19 response: Cancer centres are offering tobacco cessation support by phone, and referrals are being made to community services, such as the PEI Tobacco Cessation Program and Smokers’ Helpline.
Cancer patients’ access to smoking cessation support
In 2020, the two cancer centres on Prince Edward Island offered outpatients support to quit smoking, including culturally appropriate supports for First Nations, Inuit and Métis patients with cancer.
Partnership-funded project – Enhancing smoking cessation services to support optimal outcomes for cancer patients
Overall smoking cessation in cancer care implementation level: Gold
|Category||Implementation criteria met||Level|
|Behavioural Counselling||Offers 3A (Ask, Advise, Act) or 5A (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) model with an opt-out approach||Silver|
|Pharmacotherapy||Offers free varenicline, bupropion and/or NRT||Gold|
|Person-Centered||Engages patients in program planning and gathers patient feedback||Silver|
|Culturally Competent||Offers staff cultural competency training||Bronze|
|Partnership||Works with multi-disciplinary team and community partners, with mechanisms for information sharing to track patient progress||Gold|
|Indicator Measurement and Reporting||Collects and reports on adoption, reach and uptake data||Silver|