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  • Release date: 18 February 2015
  • Period covered: Quarter ending December 2014
  • Next update: 18 March 2015
Monthly statistics on patients who have been newly diagnosed with cancer and started definitive treatment.

Data is released monthly on StatsWales. On a quarterly basis, we produce a report that includes the data for the previous three months, detailed commentary and information on the targets and any revisions.

Key points, quarter ending December 2014

  • 88.0 per cent of patients (1,538 out of 1,748) newly diagnosed with cancer via the Urgent Suspected Cancer route started definitive treatment within the target time of 62 days. Between the quarters ending September 2008 and March 2011, this percentage was around the low to mid 90s. Since June 2011, apart from quarters ending December 2011 and December 2013, this percentage has remained below 90 per cent each quarter.
  • 97.3 (2,442 out of 2,510) per cent of patients who were newly diagnosed with cancer not via the Urgent route started definitive treatment within the target time of 31 days. The longer term trend has been fairly static, fluctuating around 98 and 99 per cent from quarter ending September 2007 to quarter ending December 2012 and generally meeting the target. Since then it has been between 96 per cent and 99 per cent each quarter. In three of the last four quarters it has fallen below 98 per cent.
  • At Local Health Board (LHB) level, none of the six LHBs met the target that at least 98 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer not via the Urgent route should start definitive treatment within 31 days. None of the LHBs met the target that at least 95 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer via the Urgent route should start definitive treatment within 62 days.

Key points, month ending December 2014

  • 87.7 per cent of patients (527 out of 601) newly diagnosed with cancer via the Urgent Suspected Cancer route started definitive treatment within the target time of 62 days.
  • 97.5 per cent of patients (766 out of 786) who were newly diagnosed with cancer not via the Urgent route started definitive treatment within the target time of 31 days.
  • 3 of the 6 LHBs met the target that at least 98 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer not via the Urgent route should start definitive treatment within 31 days. None of the LHBs met the target that at least 95 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer via the Urgent route should start definitive treatment within 62 days.

All figures relating to December 2014 are provisional. Note that there are small numbers in the monthly statistics; therefore care should be taken when interpreting percentages.

quality report is available that has information about the methodology, how the data (monthly and quarterly) is released, definitions, information on disclosure and details on how revisions to the data are handled.

Contact

Tel: 029 2082 5043
Email: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk