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Hurricane Frequency and Other Climate Change Related Events, ‘Disproportionately’ Affects Cancer Care

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For some oncology systems in Hurricane Ida’s wake, a dire situation was already made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Michael J. Castine, MD, a hematologist oncologist with the Hematology Oncology Clinic at Baton Rouge General, a Mayo Clinic Care Network member in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, those effects can be felt firsthand.

“The biggest impact, I think that that we faced from this particular storm, and it was somewhat similar to Katrina 16 years ago was, basically we get an influx of calls in patients that are having a hard time accessing the care where the storm pass through. So, we’re just we were just on the edge of that. So, we’re catching people who are calling and saying they need their treatments or calling and saying they need help,” said Castine, in an interview with Targeted OncologyTM.

In the United States, Hurricane Ida made landfall at 240 kph (150 miles) near Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Remnants of the storm impacted the mid-Atlantic and Northeast and at least 77 direct fatalities were confirmed, according to a report by insurance provider AON plc. In the United States alone, the damage is estimated to be in the tens of billions. 1

Thousands of people were […]

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