Waiting times for treatment of rectal cancer in North West England.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10541/77717
Title:
Waiting times for treatment of rectal cancer in North West England.
Authors:
Duff, Sarah E; Wood, C; McCredie, V; Levine, Edward; Saunders, Mark P; O'Dwyer, Sarah T
Abstract:
An interim goal of the NHS National Cancer Plan is that, by 2005, patients with cancer should be treated within one month of diagnosis and within two months from urgent general practitioner referral. Preoperative radiotherapy for rectal cancer reduces the risk of local recurrence and may translate into improved patient survival. We conducted a prospective audit of existing waiting times for preoperative radiotherapy experienced by 65 patients with rectal cancer referred to the Christie Cancer Centre, Manchester, UK, between May and November 2002. The median time between referral from the surgeon to the start of radiotherapy was 40 days (range 11-85). Only 4 patients (6%) received radiotherapy within 28 days of referral by the surgeon. 62 patients (95%) underwent surgery within 14 days of completing radiotherapy. Delays in the provision of preoperative radiotherapy were primarily due to shortages of radiography staff and equipment. Lack of such infrastructure will prove a major stumbling block to achieving the targets of the NHS Cancer Plan.
Affiliation:
Department of Surgery, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester M20 4BX, UK. saraheduff@aol.com
Citation:
Waiting times for treatment of rectal cancer in North West England. 2004, 97 (3):117-8 J R Soc Med
Journal:
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Issue Date:
Mar-2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10541/77717
PubMed ID:
14996956
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0141-0768
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDuff, Sarah E-
dc.contributor.authorWood, C-
dc.contributor.authorMcCredie, V-
dc.contributor.authorLevine, Edward-
dc.contributor.authorSaunders, Mark P-
dc.contributor.authorO'Dwyer, Sarah T-
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-18T15:03:31Z-
dc.date.available2009-08-18T15:03:31Z-
dc.date.issued2004-03-
dc.identifier.citationWaiting times for treatment of rectal cancer in North West England. 2004, 97 (3):117-8 J R Soc Meden
dc.identifier.issn0141-0768-
dc.identifier.pmid14996956-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10541/77717-
dc.description.abstractAn interim goal of the NHS National Cancer Plan is that, by 2005, patients with cancer should be treated within one month of diagnosis and within two months from urgent general practitioner referral. Preoperative radiotherapy for rectal cancer reduces the risk of local recurrence and may translate into improved patient survival. We conducted a prospective audit of existing waiting times for preoperative radiotherapy experienced by 65 patients with rectal cancer referred to the Christie Cancer Centre, Manchester, UK, between May and November 2002. The median time between referral from the surgeon to the start of radiotherapy was 40 days (range 11-85). Only 4 patients (6%) received radiotherapy within 28 days of referral by the surgeon. 62 patients (95%) underwent surgery within 14 days of completing radiotherapy. Delays in the provision of preoperative radiotherapy were primarily due to shortages of radiography staff and equipment. Lack of such infrastructure will prove a major stumbling block to achieving the targets of the NHS Cancer Plan.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectRectal Canceren
dc.subject.meshAdult-
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 and over-
dc.subject.meshEngland-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMedical Audit-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshProspective Studies-
dc.subject.meshRectal Neoplasms-
dc.subject.meshReferral and Consultation-
dc.subject.meshTime Factors-
dc.subject.meshWaiting Lists-
dc.titleWaiting times for treatment of rectal cancer in North West England.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Surgery, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester M20 4BX, UK. saraheduff@aol.comen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Royal Society of Medicineen

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