25 May 2012
Commenting on Waiting Times for Suspected and Diagnosed Cancer Patients the latest waiting times released today, Jenny Ritchie-Campbell, Director Cancer Services Innovation at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“We are delighted to see that in most cases the Government is hitting its targets for waiting times. However, it is really disappointing that waiting times for rarer cancers are still trailing behind and have fallen in the last reported three month period.
“It is vital that all cancers no matter how rare are diagnosed early to ensure the appropriate treatment and support is provided to give the best possible chance of survival.”
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Notes to Editors:
Source: Department of Health. Waiting Times for Suspected and Diagnosed Cancer Patients quarter ending March 2012.
http://transparency.dh.gov.uk/2012/05/25/waiting-times-for-suspected-and-diagnosed-cancer-patients-quarter-ending-march-2012/ (accessed May 2012)
Rarer cancers are defined in these statistics as testicular cancer, children’s cancer and acute leukaemia.
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