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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Urgent suspected cancer referrals and patients starting treatment, by tumour site and quarter

Following the announcement on Friday 13th of March regarding the cancellation of certain medical procedures and the relaxation of performance targets, several national data collections have been temporarily ceased and we will also temporarily stop reporting performance statistics. These changes will be in place until at least the October reporting period. Therefore the monthly StatsWales updates will now provide only a summary of activity data.

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[Collapse]All sites1,8441,9072,1042,1752,0022,0512,1312,0352,177
All sitesHead and neck102911051219710599126104
Upper Gastrointestinal103127122124120117107124129
Lower Gastrointestinal188193185210187215220198211
Lung176187186176173182189175206
Sarcoma91114101115151319
Skin355312381397364411416388400
Brain/Central Nervous System000013000
Breast293313348358318341332356349
Gynaecological108121154159143116118106146
Urological398473528540488461539465535
Haematological785047476352605557
Acute Leukaemia121044412
Children's cancer000112000
Other332733323227322819

Metadata

Title
Quarterly Cancer Waiting Times USC (Quarter Ending December 2009 onwards)

Last update
21 May 2020 21 May 2020

Next update
20 August 2020

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

Source 1
Cancer waiting times data, Welsh Local Health Boards

Contact email
stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Designation
National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation
Local health boards

Geographical coverage
Wales

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 http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

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

This table includes information on the number of urgent suspected cancer patients referred from primary care and confirmed urgent by the specialist. Not all of these patients will go on to have treatment, as further tests might show that they do not have cancer. This information has been included to provide additional contextual information for users to aid understanding on the performance of the health service in Wales.


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

Frequency of publication
Quarterly

Data reference periods
Quarter ending December 2009 onwards

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

Statistical quality
Please find this information in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink. Prior to November 2017, one site in Betsi Cadwaladr reported all patients being referred for an upper and lower endoscopy as a UGI referral. However, following discussions with information department, these patients requiring upper and lower endoscopy are now being split between LGI and UGI.

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.

Weblinks
The most recent statistical release can be found on the following weblink:
https://gov.wales/nhs-cancer-waiting-times

Keywords
cancer; waiting times; health