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.

For data to March 2018 / Quarter 4 2017/18, monthly cancer waiting times data was classed as provisional and quarterly data classed as final, therefore the sum of the standalone months in a quarter do not necessarily match the standalone quarterly data.

From April 2018 / Quarter one 2018/19 onwards, monthly and quarterly data are synchronized. Both monthly and quarterly data are first released as provisional data, and subsequently finalised in line with the NHS England revisions policy.

The difference between the commissioner and provider data

The national levels of activity and performance of commissioner-based statistics on waiting times for suspected and diagnosed cancer patients may differ from the equivalent provider-based national statistics on cancer waiting times.

This is because the commissioner-based statistics only include those patients who can be traced back to an English commissioner using their NHS Number. As a result, the national calculated performance levels may differ slightly between the two datasets.

As the commissioner (Clinical Commissioning Groups) based statistics are derived from those data submitted by the providers of NHS cancer services, the provider-based National Statistics on waiting times for suspected and diagnosed cancer patients (published at the same time as these statistics) remain the most complete assessment of the performance of the English NHS.

Quarterly cancer waiting times statistics

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

Monthly cancer waiting times statistics

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 – Commissioner Time Series Q1 2011-12 to Q2 2018-19 (Commissioner based) (XLSX, 2MB)
Cancer Waiting Times – National Time Series Q1 2011-12 to Q2 2018-19 (Commissioner based) (XLSX, 163KB)
Cancer Waiting Times – National Time Series Q4 2008-09 to Q2 2018-19 (Provider based) (XLSX, 176 KB)
Cancer Waiting Times – Provider Time Series Q4 2008-09 to Q2 2018-19 (Provider based) (XLSX, 2.2 MB)

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.

Please note the monthly provider time series file was updated on 8 March 2018 to correct an error in the November 62 day screening figures. The data published in the November provider workbook was unaffected by this error.

Cancer Waiting Times – Commissioner Time Series Oct 2009 – Sep 2018 (Commissioner based) (XLSX, 5.3MB)
Cancer Waiting Times – National Time Series Oct 2009 – Sep 2018 (Provider based) (XLSX, 125KB)
Cancer Waiting Times – Provider Time Series Oct 2009 – Sep 2018 (Provider based) (XLSX,5MB)

Data extracts

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

Cancer Waiting Times Apr-Sep 2018 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSX,1MB)
Cancer Waiting Times 2017-18 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSB, 1.9MB)
Cancer Waiting Times 2016-17 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSB, 2.0MB)
Cancer Waiting Times 2015-16 Data Extract (Provider) (XLSB, 2.0MB)
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 from Annual cancer waiting times reports

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: england.cancerwaitsdata@nhs.net

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