22 February 2013
Responding to cancer waiting times statistics for quarter 3 2012-13 released today by the Department of Health1, Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research of Macmillan Cancer Support says:
'It is extremely disappointing that despite meeting the overall waiting times targets hospitals are consistently missing this standard for treatment in cancer categories that include lung, bowel and prostate cancers.2
'Getting into treatment as early as possible gives cancer patients the best possible chance of survival. Missing the targets for these types of cancer mean these patients’ chances are potentially being put at risk.
'The statistics are particularly worrying for lung cancer patients as the disease has such low survival rates. We are calling for hospital cancer specialists to work closely with Macmillan to help make changes to improve in this area.'
For further information, please contact:
Andrea Shufflebotham, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4689 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. Department of Health (2013) Statistics on Waiting Times for Suspected and Diagnosed Cancer Patients Q3 2012-13 Key Points – Provider Based.
2. Two Month (62-day) urgent GP referral first treatment wait. The operational standard for this requirement specifies that 85% of patients should wait a maximum of 62 days to begin their first definitive treatment following an urgent referral for suspected cancer from their GP.
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