Cancer waiting times

This section of the website provides information on the waiting times of people referred by their GP with suspected cancer or breast symptoms and those subsequently diagnosed with and treated for cancer by the NHS in England.

Introduction

These reports present the validated results of the monitoring of waiting times for cancer services in England. Information on the number of people who attended outpatient appointments within two weeks of an urgent referral by their GP for suspected cancer or breast symptoms and, for patients with cancer, on the numbers who started treatment within 31 and 62 days are included for each organisation. The numbers who started some types of subsequent treatments within 31 days are also given for each organisation. Numbers of patients who were not seen or treated within the specified times are also included.

Supporting documents

These documents set out he measures taken to protect patient confidentiality within these statistics, the methods used in their production and the expected quality of these data.

Download summary of data quality – September 2010 (PDF, 41K)
Download data security and confidentiality (PDF, 34K)
Download methodology for production of statistics (PDF, 35K)
Download revisions policy (PDF, 32K)

Quarterly cancer waiting times statistics

Quarterly provider based data and summaries
Quarterly commissioner based data and summaries

Monthly cancer waiting times statistics

Monthly cancer waiting times data is provisional and therefore can not be compared directly to quarterly cancer waiting times data.

From the 13th August 2015, monthly cancer waiting times statistics are published here. All monthly cancer waiting times previous to June 2015 are available in the monthly time series section below.

Monthly provider based data and summaries
Monthly Commissioner based data and summaries

Quarterly Time Series

The following files are a summary of the national and official statistics. The files are presented as a summary of national level and by organization for provider and commissioner based data.

Cancer Waiting Times – National Time Series Q4 2008-09 to Q1 2015-16 (Provider based, 157kB)
Cancer Waiting Times – National Time Series Q1 2011-12 to Q1 2015-16 (Commissioner based, 146kB)
Cancer Waiting Times – Provider Time Series Q4 2008-09 to Q1 2015-16 (Provider based, 1.6MB)
Cancer Waiting Times – Commissioner Time Series Q1 2011-12 to Q1 2015-16 (Commissioner based, 1.2MB)

Monthly Time Series

Monthly cancer waiting times data is provisional and therefore can not be compared directly to quarterly cancer waiting times data.

The following files are a summary of the statistics. The files are presented as a summary of national level and by organization for provider and commissioner based data.

Cancer Waiting Times – National Time Series October 2009 to June 2015 (Provider based, 97kB)
Cancer Waiting Times – Provider Time Series October 2009 to June 2015 (Provider based, 3.17MB)
Cancer Waiting Times – Commissioner Time Series April 2011 to June 2015 (Commissioner based, 2.97MB)

Data extracts

The following files are data extracts by month from October 2009 to June 2015. These files provide levels of activity by standard, provider and cancer type.

Cancer Waiting Times Apr-Jun 2015 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSB 506KB)
Cancer Waiting Times 2014-15 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSB 2.1MB)
Cancer Waiting Times 2013-14 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSB 2.0MB)
Cancer Waiting Times 2012-13 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSB 1.8MB)
Cancer Waiting Times 2011-12 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSB 1.8MB)
Cancer Waiting Times 2010-11 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSB 1.7MB)
Cancer Waiting Times Oct 2009 – Mar 2010 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSB 776KB)

Annual cancer waiting times reports

Annual cancer waiting times reports, giving an overview of activity levels and performance, are available to download
Annual cancer waiting times reports

Annual statistical volumes

Commissioner based data for periods prior to 01 April 2011 were only published annually.
Annual data for 2010/11 
Annual data for 2009/10

Contact Us

For further information about the published statistics, please contact us at:

Cancer Waiting Times Team
NHS England
Room 5E15
Quarry House
Leeds LS2 7UE
Great Britain
Email: Cancer-waits@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Alternatively, if you are a patient wishing to discuss your own waiting time experience, you should contact your local commissioner, which you can find via the NHS Choices website.