Waiting times for access, diagnosis and treatment in a cancer centre

I. Collins, J. Naidoo, S. Rowley, J. V. Reynolds, M. J. Kennedy

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We analysed the waiting times for patients in a Dublin hospital from 2001 to 2006, and evaluated trends in each of 4 cancer diagnoses; breast, lung, colorectal and upper gastrointestinal (gastric and oesophageal). Measured times were; time from referral to first seen, time from first seen to diagnosis and time from diagnosis to treatment. Patient numbers increased 39% from 529 in 2001 to 737 in 2006. As a result waiting times have increased over the 6 years. While median time from referral to first seen for breast cancer was 7 days, it rose from 2 to 5 days for lung cancer, 1 to 2 days for colorectal cancer, and 1 to 6 days for upper GI cancers. The time from diagnosis to treatment rose from 8 to 15 days (breast), 10 days to 25 (lung), 6 to 14 days (colorectal) and 7 to 13 days (Upper GI). Waiting times however, remain within international standards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIrish medical journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


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  • Medicine(all)

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Collins, I., Naidoo, J., Rowley, S., Reynolds, J. V., & Kennedy, M. J. (2009). Waiting times for access, diagnosis and treatment in a cancer centre. Irish medical journal, 102(9).