Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, can interrupt the provision of oncology care.1 Radiotherapy is particularly vulnerable because it requires dependable electrical power and daily treatment.2 Disruptions are especially concerning for patients undergoing treatment for locally advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)2 because treatment delays as little as 2 days negatively affect survival.3
Nogueira LM, Sahar L, Efstathiou JA, Jemal A, Yabroff KR. Association Between Declared Hurricane Disasters and Survival of Patients With Lung Cancer Undergoing Radiation Treatment. JAMA. 2019;322(3):269–271. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.7657
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