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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.
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
html.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.


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