Our quality story

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:


  • September 2019 – 66.7%
  • August – 97.5%
  • July – 94.2%


  • September 2019 – 95.2%
  • August – 100%
  • July – 100%


  • September 2019 – 97.3%
  • August – 98.1%
  • July – 98.7%

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 the NHS website.

Got a question?

If you have a question about or comment on this information, please contact the communications team at communicationsteam@gstt.nhs.uk.

Improving our cancer services

Our Cancer Centre at Guy's and Queen Mary's Hospital brings together cancer services in one place, helping to reduce unnecessary waiting times. Watch our film to find out more.


Page last updated: November 17 2019