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  • Release date: 19 November 2014
  • Period covered: Quarter ending September 2014
  • Next update: 17 December 2014
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 September 2014

  • 85.1 per cent of patients (1,476 out of 1,734) 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.
  • 97.7 per cent of patients (2,334 out of 2,389) 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. It fell below 98 per cent in the quarters ending March 2013, June 2013 and March 2014 but has been over 98 per cent in the quarters ending September 2013, December 2013 and June 2014.
  • At Local Health Board (LHB) level, two 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 September 2014

  • 84.3 per cent of patients (510 out of 605) newly diagnosed with cancer via the Urgent Suspected Cancer route started definitive treatment within the target time of 62 days.
  • 98.1 per cent of patients (815 out of 830) 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 September 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.

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