No surprise. When a smoker quits, the cardiovascular mortality decreases very soon. The lung cancer risk is never eliminated.
That's correct. Plus, the immunosuppressive therapy that all transplant patients receives enhances the likelihood that any cancer cells already present can grow unimpeded.
Tell me about it. I knew 2 women who died of lung cancer 10 and 15 years after they quit smoking. The 15 year one was my neighbor who died within a month after being diagnosed and she was only in her 50s. I felt really bad because trying to cheer her up I was telling her getting cancer isn’t the same as it was 20 years ago and that she would pull through it which was total BS on my part.
And that doesn't take into account the high probability that the woman was on immune suppressing drugs to minimize the likelihood of organ rejection.
True. My sister stopped smoking back in 2005 when she had to undergo surgery for brain aneurisms. In February of 2010, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, underwent chemo and radiation treatments, and died in September 2011. Both my parents died of lung cancer, and my brother died of a massive heart attack at age 51. I have one sister left, age 72, who lives in an adult-assisted living home. She still smokes. I'm 65, have never smoked, but know that I am still in jeopardy of contracting lung cancer.