8 doctors weighed in:
How to support someone who is dealing a tumor on the lung brought on by his own smoking?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. William A Biermann
Internal Medicine - Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Kindness
This is a difficult problem. I think that being supportive during the crisis with cancer is the main focus.
Regardless of the cause the cancer is still the fight that needs support. Certain cancers might have a better outcome if smoking is stopped, but blame and shame rarely seem to work.

In brief: Kindness
This is a difficult problem. I think that being supportive during the crisis with cancer is the main focus.
Regardless of the cause the cancer is still the fight that needs support. Certain cancers might have a better outcome if smoking is stopped, but blame and shame rarely seem to work.
Dr. William A Biermann
Dr. William A Biermann
Thank
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Compassion
While smoking starts as a bad habit, most smokers are addicted.
Even if the cancer was due to a bad habit, lung cancer is a serious illness with high mortality. About half the people with lung cancer are dead within a year of diagnosis. The person would appreciate your compassion, support and understanding. Being self righteous would not be helpful. You may need to call on your faith.

In brief: Compassion
While smoking starts as a bad habit, most smokers are addicted.
Even if the cancer was due to a bad habit, lung cancer is a serious illness with high mortality. About half the people with lung cancer are dead within a year of diagnosis. The person would appreciate your compassion, support and understanding. Being self righteous would not be helpful. You may need to call on your faith.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Ed Friedlander
As usual, Dr. Singh's wisdom and compassion shines through his answer. EVERYBODY makes mistakes. Tobacco companies ads target children and turn them into lifelong addicts, an extremely hard one to break. Don't bring up that it's their "own fault" -- just be there and show warmth and attend to their basic needs.
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