Cancer, cruel waiting time for first treatment

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Cancer cells

Cancer cells

Following a GP referral for suspect cancer the waiting time for first treatment has a 62-day target.

That is 62 days of despair, misery, uncertainty not only for the person affected but for their entire family.

Surely there must be a faster turnaround following indications of this devastatingĀ  disease, in my view such a wait is simply cruel.

In reality In March 2018, 345 patients commenced their first treatment for cancer following an urgent referral for suspect cancer. 75.4% (260 patients) started treatment within 62 days which is at least encouraging. The 62 day target, however, must be reduced.

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