May 17, 2006
CONTACT: Olivia Fermano
Blood Test Predicts Success of Quitting Smoking
Using the Nicotine Patch
(Philadelphia, PA) – A blood test may enable doctors to predict
which smokers using the nicotine patch are likely to experience the least
amount of cravings and have the highest probability of success in quitting
cigarettes, according to the results of a study in the June issue of the
Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1973 as a center of excellence in cancer research, patient care, education and outreach. Today, the Abramson Cancer Center ranks as one of the nation’s best in cancer care, according to US News and World Report, and is one of the top five in National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding. It is one of only 39 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Home to one of the largest clinical and research programs in the world, the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania has 275 active cancer researchers and 250 Penn physicians involved in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. More information about the Abramson Cancer Center is available at: www.pennhealth.com/cancer.
The Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute serves as the forum for integrating cancer research, education, and patient care at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The Institute supports innovative cancer research, leading-edge care that is delivered in a compassionate manner, and the education of professionals who share a commitment to innovative cancer research. The Institute has set a new national standard for interdisciplinary cancer research and treatment, and is creating knowledge that will offer even greater hope for cancer patients and their loved ones.
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is consistently ranked one of the nation's few "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.