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Research Letter
July 16, 2019

Association Between Declared Hurricane Disasters and Survival of Patients With Lung Cancer Undergoing Radiation Treatment

Author Affiliations
  • 1Surveillance and Health Services Research Program, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Statistics and Evaluation Center, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 3Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
JAMA. 2019;322(3):269-271. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.7657

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