If you are a cancer patient or cancer survivor who smokes, one of the best things you can do is to stop smoking. For many cancers, smoking leads to an increased rate of cancer recurrence. Smoking also leads to poor outcomes in surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation — all important cancer treatments.  

Cancer patients and cancer survivors who smoke tend to have high-level nicotine dependence, high-level stress, low energy, and can have feelings of anxiety and depression. It is especially hard to quit smoking when faced with these challenges.

Run by a clinical tobacco treatment specialist, James Davis, MD, the Duke Cancer Center Smoking Cessation Program (Quit at Duke) is a multifaceted program that can help you quit.

The program provides:

•    a comprehensive evaluation
•    evidence-based medications — often combination medications or adaptive treatment
•    multiple behavioral interventions — run by Masters+ level staff
•    long-term phone-based “checkups”
•    access to research studies (clinical trials)


The clinic is located inside the Duke Cancer Center in 2-2. It is open to cancer patients and cancer survivors.

Make an Appointment

For information on Quit at Duke or to make an appointment please call 919-613-QUIT.  

Patients Quit At Duke

Most smokers have tried to quit. They know it’s one of the best things they can do for their health. But ask any smoker — quitting isn’t easy.

According to the American Cancer Society, the nicotine in tobacco is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates more people are addicted to nicotine than to any other drug.

No one understands better nicotine’s allures than Carl Sichi. Following a “cancer scare,” he decided that, after 65 years of smoking, it was time to quit — and this time, for good. MORE