by Ala Errebhi
Mayo Clinic has received a grant from the National Cancer Institute to help cancer patients quit tobacco. This is a two-year, $500,000 grant that will expand tobacco cessation treatment services for cancer patients. According to Mayo, this grant will ensure that all cancer patients who use tobacco have access to treatment. Dr. Taylor Hays, Director of the Nicotine Dependence Center, said nicotine is the addictive component in cigarettes that keeps people smoking. “The main resource we have at Mayo Clinic is our Nicotine Dependence Center. We provide counseling with what are called tobacco treatment specialist counselors,” said Dr. Hays. “Anybody who’s in our outpatient clinic, and we also provide it to everyone who’s in the hospital. We provide counseling and pharmacotherapy for those patients.”
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Context: J. Taylor Hays, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic internist and Director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. Dr. Hays' research focuses on tobacco dependence and its treatment, including pharmacological and behavioral therapies. His research includes clinical trials of novel pharmacologic treatments for tobacco dependence as well as the study of tobacco dependence treatment in people with a current or past history of other substance abuse problems, such as alcohol dependence. The Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center (NDC) was one of the first centers in the country to focus exclusively on treatments for tobacco dependence. The NDC's model of care has now become the standard in many medical centers around the United States. The treatment team at the center offers you support and works with you to help develop the motivation and skills needed to stop using tobacco.
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