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  • Reducing Surgical Complications in Newly Diagnosed Lung Cancer Patients Who Smoke Cigarettes Mankato, Minn., Rochester, Minn.

    This randomized phase III trial studies how well smoking cessation intervention works in reducing surgical complications in patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer who smoke cigarettes. This study will use two smoking cessation interventions: Varenicline (a drug that reduces the craving and withdrawal symptoms that occur with abstinence from nicotine) with behavioral interventions (consisting of a brief clinician-delivered intervention and tobacco quitline [tobacco cessation service available through a toll-free telephone number] follow-up) with placebo (a pill with no active medication) along with the same behavioral interventions. It is not yet known whether smoking cessation intervention prior to surgery is effective in reducing surgical complications for these patients.