Waiting times for cancer patients needing surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy as a second treatment
Many cancers require more than one type of treatment. If you need surgery as a second treatment, you should wait less than a month once you are ready for your surgery to be carried out.
Similar standards apply to other treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
What's the standard?
It is expected that within 31 days of being ready to do so, at least:
- 94% of cancer patients will start their next surgical treatment
- 98% of cancer patients will start their next chemotherapy treatment
- 94% of cancer patients will start their next radiotherapy treatment.
How are we doing?
Our recent performance:
- March 2017 – 89.5%
- February – 90.6%
- January – 92.2%
We did not meet the target for surgery in the past three months. We are reviewing our pathways to ensure patients are fit for surgery at the time we make the decision to treat.
- March 2017 – 96.2%
- February – 97%
- January – 95.7%
- March 2017 – 87.5%
- February – 93.5%
- January – 90.1%
We are increasing radiotherapy capacity to cope with an increase in the number of patients needing radiotherapy treatment.
How you can help us
We aim to minimise any delays. You can help us by letting us know immediately if you are unable to keep your appointment.
We will then offer you an alternative date and give your appointment to another patient.
You can change your appointment online or by phone.
Find out more
For more information about waiting times, see NHS Choices.
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Page last updated: June 8 2017