Our quality story

Waiting times for cancer treatment to start

If you are diagnosed with cancer, you can expect to begin your treatment within one month. This includes all forms of treatment – surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

What's the standard?

It is expected that at least 96% of patients will start their cancer treatment within 31 days of diagnosis.

How are we doing?

Our recent performance:

  • September 2019 – 92.1% of our cancer patients began their treatment within one month
  • August – 97.8%
  • July – 96.8%.

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.

of our patients started their cancer treatment within one month of diagnosis in September 2019.

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