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Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. A cancer diagnosis can be a new beginning to quitting.
The Mass General Cancer Center Smokefree Support Service (MGH SSS) provides a free, phone-based, one-on-one tobacco counseling resource for all Cancer Center patients. Phone-based counseling provides information and guidance in an effective and convenient way. Our certified tobacco treatment counselors will help you set and reach your own health goals – whether that is cutting back on the amount you smoke, quitting completely, or staying smoke-free after quitting.
Our service is available in both English and Spanish. Additionally, translation services can be utilized for interested patients who speak other languages. We are inclusive of all patients regardless of insurance coverage status or medical or psychiatric history.
All patients identified as tobacco users upon visiting the Mass General Cancer Center will be referred to the Smokefree Support Service. You may also request a referral from your clinician to speak with a tobacco treatment counselor at any time. Additionally, you may choose to reach out to us directly, either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Our counseling service is patient-centered and personalized to your specific needs, and particularly to your diagnosis and treatment. Counseling sessions will introduce skills and tools to help you cope with cravings, identify and avoid smoking triggers, and manage stress. In addition, the tobacco counselor will provide you with information regarding ways to access affordable or no-cost quit-smoking medications, which are proven to assist smokers to quit.
Most of our counseling sessions are held over the phone at a scheduled time that works for you. We can also meet with you during your treatment visits. The number of calls or visits will range based on your needs.
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Elyse R. Park, PhD, MPH is a clinical health psychologist and health services researcher who focuses on understanding and improving health-related behaviors across the continuum of patients at risk for cancer through to cancer survivors. An Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a Senior Scientist in the Mongan Institute Health Policy Center, she has leadership roles directing behavioral science research at the MGH Tobacco Research & Treatment Center and the MGH Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine. She co-directs the MGH Cancer Center’s Survivorship Program. She served on the steering committee for the NCI’s Smoking Cessation Initiatives at NCI Cancer Centers and is a writing member for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Smoking Cessation Guidelines.
Irina Gonzalez is a bilingual tobacco treatment specialist, who has been working in the field of smoking cessation at the MGH since 2014. Irina received her medical degree and moved from Mexico City in 2001 and began working on research studies and counseling patients at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2011. She is an expert on tobacco cessation and quit-smoking medications, and stays current on healthy lifestyle, mindfulness, and stress-reduction approaches to wellness.
Laura Malloy has been working in the field of smoking cessation since 2014. She has experience providing individual counseling to patients with cancer by telephone. She has worked as an interventionist for research investigating tobacco counseling in outpatient settings. In addition to being a tobacco treatment counselor, Laura is a licensed independent clinical social worker and specializes in mind body stress reduction techniques. She has worked at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General since 2008.
Yes! We work with all patients with any smoking history.
Whether you smoke every-day, socially, infrequently, or have recently quit, our counselors can assist you in setting and reaching your tobacco-related health goals, identifying and avoiding potential triggers for smoking, and practicing strategies for managing stress.
There is no cost to yourself or your insurance for utilizing our service.
The number of calls or visits can range based on your needs.
Our counselors will take into account your medication preferences, medical history, and current medication list to recommend a quit-smoking medication that may be safe and effective for you. They can also assist you in exploring your options for accessing affordable or no-cost medications.
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