Addressing Smoking Among Cancer Survivors: Challenges and Opportunities

CB1On December 12, the AUA School of Public Health held a public seminar on Addressing Smoking Among  Cancer Survivors: Challenges and Opportunities as part of its public health seminar series. Dr. Carla J Berg talked about the consequences of continued smoking on cancer treatment and survival and the minimal successful interventions developed and adequately assessed. Risk factors for continued smoking among cancer survivors were examined, with a specific focus on individual factors (e.g., depression) and healthcare system factors (e.g., healthcare provider advice to quit). She has also discussed cancer survivors’ interest in harm reduction efforts and interest in cessation and cessation resources. Future research approaches and implications for clinicians were highlighted; specifically, interventions addressing underlying mechanisms fueling continued smoking among cancer survivors and the challenges of conducting research involving smoking among cancer survivors.

Carla J Berg, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, USA and the Cancer Control & Population Sciences, Emory Winship Cancer Center.  Her scientific work has been recognized by the numerous fellowships, honors and awards, including National Institute of Health Scholarships, B. Kent Houston Award in Health Psychology, Randall Scholar, and many others.  She authored over 80 scientific articles on the innovative studies on Cancer Survivorship, Gene-Environment Interactions Influencing Smoking Initiation, Progression, and Potential Cessation among College Students and other population groups. Dr. Berg is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the Tbilisi State Medical University International School of Public Health, Tbilisi, Georgia. Dr. Berg received her PhD in clinical health psychology from the University of Kansas, completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in behavioral medicine, and then completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Medicine.

An active question answer session with the audience followed Dr. Berg’s presentation.