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.
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.
The next publication of cancer waiting times on 18 February 2015 will include minor revisions to the historical publications from Quarter Three 2011/12 to Quarter Four 2012/13 to ensure consistency of rules applied to the data over the time series and to correct some minor errors. In addition, Quarter Three 2011/12 to Quarter One 2013/14 will report figures which were previously suppressed. This change is to ensure consistency with the current policy on publication of small numbers in the cancer waiting times publication. All changes will be identified in footnotes in the published files.
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)
These statistics show the levels of activity (numbers of patients) and performance for cancer waiting times broken down by the provider where the patients are first seen (following an urgent referral for suspected cancer or breast symptoms) or where treatment takes place.
Latest provider based waiting times statistics
These statistics show the levels of activity (numbers of patients) and performance for cancer waiting times broken down by the local NHS organisation that commissions the patient care.
Latest commissioner based waiting time statistics
Annual cancer waiting times reports, giving an overview of activity levels and performance, are available to download
Annual cancer waiting times reports
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.
Links to the previous cancer waiting times websites containing the data in HTML format (where applicable) and all previously published data in Excel format are:
Users should note that statistics for periods prior to 31 December 2008 are not comparable to current data. To reduce the burden of collecting these data on the NHS, and to ensure that, over time, there are further opportunities to minimise the impact of collecting cancer waiting times statistics locally, the Department made the cancer waits data collection system interoperable with that used for the general monitoring of referral to treatment waiting times. This change to the reporting methodology was introduced from 1 January 2009.
Under this simplified process, cancer treatment providers no longer have to collect information about suspensions arising from a patient’s unfitness for treatment or from their taking time to think about and discuss their various treatment options.
For further information about the published statistics, please contact us at:
Analytical Service (Operations)
Leeds LS2 7UE
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.