Cancer Treatment Delays Affect Outcomes

I don’t think there would be much argument about the title of this post. It seems to be common sense.

Many factors contribute to a delay, beyond the 62 day wait between urgent referral and start of treatment. The increase in demand for treatment and the shortage of key staff are particularly important here. Along the patient pathway a shortage of radiology and imaging staff is but one potential source of delay.

A recent study has highlighted the importance of meeting the target, with worse outcomes when this does not happen.

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I am sure patient groups will want to stress at every opportunity that meeting the cancer target times has to be of the highest priority.