The effect of natural disasters on cancer care

Added August 27, 2020

Citation: Man RXG, Lack DA, Wyatt C, et al. The effect of natural disasters on cancer care: a systematic review. Lancet Oncology Volume 19, ISSUE 9, Pe482-e499, September 01, 2018

Freely available: No (paper on request from author)

Natural disasters worsen outcomes for patients with cancer and cause great psychological distress to them, their families, and the staff providing their care.

As the incidence of cancer and the frequency of extreme weather events rise, disaster mitigation is becoming increasingly relevant to oncology care. This systematic review aimed to investigate the effect of natural disasters on cancer care and the associated health effects on patients with cancer. Damage to infrastructure, communication systems, medication, and medical record losses substantially disrupt oncology care. The effect of extreme weather events on survival outcomes is limited to only a small number of studies, often with inadequate follow-up periods. Natural disasters cause substantial interruption to the provision of oncology care. This is the first systematic review known to assess the existing evidence base on the health effects of natural disaster events on cancer care and advocates for the consideration of patients with cancer during disaster planning.


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