Take action for a cancer-free world


Believe it or not, there was a time when doctors and nurses were allowed to smoke in the nursing station and patients could smoke in their hospital beds. It was really scary if you found your patient asleep in bed holding a cigarette or saw big black cigarette burns on their crisp white sheets. It was a long time ago. Fortunately, most hospitals and workplaces are now designated “smoke-free”. It has become standard policy to help reduce the number of people who get lung cancer from smoking.

My lung cancer hero is Christine Eastep, MHA, BSN, RN. She is the director of the Thoracic Oncology Center at OSUCCC – James / The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. It is a standard policy based on evidence-based practice to try to help every patient in their clinic become smoke-free and to give them support, confidence and, most importantly, hope during their journey. against lung cancer.

OSUCCC – James is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive cancer centers. In the thoracic oncology clinic headed by Christine, they see more than 100 patients with lung cancer at various stages every day, a significant percentage of whom are smokers. I nominate Christine for the Lung Cancer Heroes® Award because she demonstrates the greatest commitment to individual patients and their staff to improve lung cancer treatment outcomes. Christine backed the proven evidence that every smoker will benefit from counseling before starting their smoking cessation journey and lung cancer treatment. Christine has made it a priority to send each of her nurses to a smoking cessation course so that each of them is a certified smoking cessation counselor.

Christine has empowered her staff with the knowledge to improve the health and quality of life of every patient during lung cancer treatment. Evidence shows that if a patient with lung cancer is able to quit smoking before having lung surgery, they will heal faster, have less chance of developing postoperative pneumonia, and generally have a longer stay. short to the hospital. If a patient quits smoking before receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy, they have fewer side effects such as nausea or loss of appetite, and are also less likely to have a recurrence after finishing treatment. Each patient who is seen in Christine’s clinic is assessed using the “5 A’s” of smoking cessation counseling: ask, advise, assess, help and organize.

Christine is a leader who is committed to doing what is best for her staff and all of our lung cancer patients. Over the past year, she has become so passionate about helping patients quit smoking that she has led the development of an innovative tool called “The Buckeye Quit Stick”. Christine and staff at the Chest Clinic will complete a pilot study in which patients will receive the Buckeye Quit Stick, a tool they can use to quell the cigarette smoking habit and help them on their journey to quitting smoking . He also connects the patient to his healthcare team as a “buckeye” through OSUCCC – James / The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Christine’s staff will agree that she is a compassionate, kind leader and a dedicated advocate for every lung cancer patient. Christine would tell you that getting treatment for lung cancer and / or quitting smoking is not easy. Christine sees it through the eyes of hundreds of patients every day. President Joe Biden recently visited OSUCCC – James and said: “This place is a source of hope.”

Christine is a ray of hope. She is an integral part of OSUCCC – James and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the Thoracic Oncology Clinic. She’s a real lung cancer heroine. All OSUCCC – James staff share the same vision of striving for a cancer-free world. Christine and her team embrace these words, giving hope to every patient in the Chest Oncology clinic every day.

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