Future Oncology Vol. 17 No. 6 | Editorial

The impact of disasters on cancer care in Lebanon

Summary

Cancer represents one of the most frequent scourges worldwide and one of the most common causes of death. Cancer patients are among the most medically fragile populations [1] and the most prone to be affected by any disturbances that undermine the healthcare system. These patients require continuous cancer care both during and after any disaster that may fall upon them or their healthcare system [2]. During the past 12 months, Lebanon has faced many dramatic events, ranging from an unprecedented economic decline with the devaluation of the national currency, to the COVID-19 pandemic that devastated the country, and finally the most recent explosion at the heart of Beirut that shattered the Lebanese capital. These tragic incidents have severely affected the lives of cancer patients.

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