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posted on 2023-03-02, 17:11 authored by Catherine S Weadick, Rachel J Keogh, Hailey K Carroll, Sandra Boldrin, Eibhlin Mulroe, Lucy Murphy, Bryan Sheils, Aisling Barry, Seamus O'ReillySeamus O'Reilly

In recent years the terms time and financial toxicities have entered the vocabulary of cancer care. We would like to introduce another toxicity: climate toxicity. Climate toxicity is a double-edge sword in cancer care. Increasing cancer risk by exposure to carcinogens, and consequently increasing treatment requirements leads to ever growing damage to our environment. This article assesses the impact of climate change on patients, the climate toxicity caused by both healthcare workers and healthcare facilities, and suggests actions that may be taken mitigate them. 


Health Research Board (grant number CTIN 2021)

Irish Cancer Society



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Published Citation

Weadick CS. et al. Climate toxicity: an increasingly relevant clinical issue in cancer care. J Cancer Policy. 2023;35:100410.

Publication Date

9 February 2023

PubMed ID



  • School of Medicine


Elsevier Ltd.


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