Protecting Caribbean patients diagnosed with cancer from compounding disasters

Ana Patricia Ortiz, C. James Hospedales, Pablo A. Méndez-Lázaro, William M. Hamilton, La Shae D. Rolle, J. Marshall Shepherd, Zelde Espinel, Hiram A. Gay, Leticia M. Nogueira, James M. Shultz

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Caribbean small island developing states are becoming increasingly vulnerable to compounding disasters, prominently featuring climate-related hazards and pandemic diseases, which exacerbate existing barriers to cancer control in the region. We describe the complexities of cancer prevention and control efforts throughout the Caribbean small island developing states, including the unique challenges of people diagnosed with cancer in the region. We highlight potential solutions and strategies that concurrently address disaster adaptation and cancer control. Because Caribbean small island developing states are affected first and worst by the hazards of compounding disasters, the innovative solutions developed in the region are relevant for climate mitigation, disaster adaptation, and cancer control efforts globally. In the age of complex and cascading disaster scenarios, developing strategies to mitigate their effect on the cancer control continuum, and protecting the health and safety of people diagnosed with cancer from extreme events become increasingly urgent. The equitable development of such strategies relies on collaborative efforts among professionals whose diverse expertise from complementary fields infuses the local community perspective while focusing on implementing solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e217-e224
JournalThe Lancet Oncology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2024


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