Secondhand Smoke A Danger for Head and Neck Cancer Patients?


July 25, 2011

ABC News

An ABCNews.com story discusses the potential dangers of exposing head and neck cancer patients to secondhand smoke after photos appeared in the media of Catherine Zeta-Jones smoking next to husband Michael Douglas. Many health experts noted that there is no specific data that says cancer survivors exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher risk of cancer coming back, but most also agreed that it's best for everyone's health to not smoke at all. But despite the potential risks, other experts say the support of loved one can help him as he continues to recover. "Common sense dictates that a patient recovering from treatment of head and neck cancer is best off spending time with a loving spouse, even if she has bad habits," said Gregory Weinstein, MD, vice chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery... Read More