Faster diagnostic pathways: implementing a timed breast cancer diagnostic pathway: guidance for local health and social care systems

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Best practice timed pathways support the ongoing improvement effort to shorten diagnosis pathways, reduce variation, improve experience of care, and meet the Faster Diagnosis Standard.

This guidance will support cancer alliances and constituent organisations to adopt consistent, system-wide approaches to managing this diagnostic pathway.

It sets out how diagnosis within 28-days can be achieved for the suspected breast cancer pathway. Alongside the pathway itself, resources, including an audit tool (available below), are highlighted to support implementation of the pathway.


Accessible version published 4 March 2024.


Published 4 March 2024.