Statistics on patients who have been newly diagnosed with cancer and started definitive treatment.

Key points

Patients diagnosed via the urgent suspected cancer route

  • In 2017-18, 87.2 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer via the urgent suspected cancer route started treatment within 62 days of receipt of referral, up 0.6 percentage points from 2016-17 and the highest it has been since 2013-14.
  • Performance for 2017-18 varied from 81.2 per cent of patients starting treatment within 62 days at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, to 91.1 per cent at Hywel Dda.

Patients not diagnosed via the urgent suspected cancer route

  • In 2017-18, 97.3 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer not via the urgent suspected cancer route started treatment within 31 days of diagnosis, a marginal increase of 0.1 percentage points from 2016-17.
  • Performance for 2017-18 ranged from 94.9 per cent of patients starting treatment within 31 days at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to 98.7 per cent at Cwm Taf. Three health boards met the target over 2017-18: Cwm Taf, Betsi Cadwaladr and Cardiff and Vale.

Reports

NHS cancer waiting times, April 2017 to March 2018
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Contact

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