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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Patients newly diagnosed via the urgent suspected cancer route starting treatment by local health board, tumour site and month

Following the announcement on Friday 13 March regarding the cancellation of certain medical procedures and the relaxation of performance targets, several national data collections temporarily ceased and we have also temporarily stopped reporting performance statistics. It was planned that these changes would be in place until at least the October 2020 reporting period; however most national data collections have now resumed and the publication of performance statistics is under review. We will notify users when these statistics will be published on our website.

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WalesBetsi Cadwaladr University Health Board168153172157132152137138140116180142102
Hywel Dda University Health Board1158796107921038384981261068864
Swansea Bay University Health Board96104145117119115105101114991387872
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.............
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board11610611411493951021159210011311167
Cwm Taf University Health Board.............
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board13311312414714214811414214414016210790
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board939310075851119496102961117344


Monthly Cancer Waiting Times via the Urgent Suspected Cancer route (April 2012 onwards)

Last update
23 July 2020 23 July 2020

Next update
20 August 2020

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

Source 1
Cancer waiting times data, Welsh Local Health Boards

Contact email

National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation
Local health boards

Geographical coverage

Languages covered
English and Welsh

Data licensing
You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description
The patients shown here are those newly diagnosed with cancer who started definitive treatment via the Urgent Suspected Cancer route. The national target for these patients is: at least 95 per cent of patients diagnosed with cancer, via the urgent suspected cancer route will start definitive treatment within 62 days of receipt of referral.

Care should be taken when interpreting percentages, especially when dealing with small numbers.

Data collection and calculation
Please find this information in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink.

From 1st April 2019 health service provision for residents of Bridgend local authority moved from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to Cwm Taf. For more information see the joint statement from Cwm Taf and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Boards (see weblinks). The health board names have changed with Cwm Taf University Health Board becoming Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board becoming Swansea Bay University Health Board. A link to the statement from the minister for health and social service can be found in the weblinks section.

Frequency of publication

Data reference periods
April 2012 onwards

Users, uses and context
Please find this information in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink.

Revisions information
From the June 2020 release we started providing monthly breakdowns on those beginning cancer treatment by tumour site in addition to the current breakdown of local health board

Statistical quality
Please find this information in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have informed us that some of the historical figures they have provided for the number of patients confirmed as urgent suspected cancer may not be accurate. Specifically, figures for the upper and lower gastrointestinal tumour sites have been underreported prior to April 2015.

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