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Provincial Cancer Surgery Wait Time Update

During the first two quarters of 2013-2014 (April 1 to September 30), cancer surgery wait time reports in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) show that half (50th percentile) of the 501 surgical procedures were performed within 19 days or less; and nine out of 10 procedures (90th percentile) were completed within 27 to 53 days.

While there are national benchmarks for cataract, joint replacement and cardiac bypass surgery; there are no national benchmarks for cancer surgery. In collaboration with the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), all provinces have agreed to report three comparable wait time metrics (50th percentile, 90th percentile, and number of surgical procedures) for breast, bladder, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer surgery.

Provincial data results for each specific type of cancer surgery during these first two quarters of 2013-2014 combined show that:

  • Bladder cancer: A total of 117 surgeries were performed for bladder cancer. The time in which half (50th percentile) of these patients waited for bladder cancer surgery was 19 days; and the number of days in which nine out of 10 patients (90th percentile) waited was 47 days;
  • Breast cancer: A total of 153 surgeries were performed for breast cancer. The time in which half of these patients waited for breast cancer surgery was 13 days; and the number of days in which nine out of 10 patients waited was 27 days;
  • Colorectal cancer: A total of 136 surgeries were performed for colorectal cancer. The time in which half of these patients waited for colorectal cancer surgery was 14 days; and the number of days in which nine out of 10 patients waited was 34 days;
  • Lung cancer: A total of 26 surgeries were performed for lung cancer. The time in which half of these patients waited for lung cancer surgery was 15 days; and the number of days in which nine out of 10 patients waited was 36 days; and,
  • Prostate cancer: A total of 69 surgeries were performed for prostate cancer. The time in which half of these patients waited for prostate cancer surgery was 31 days; and the number of days in which nine out of 10 patients waited was 53 days;

Provincial Cancer Surgery Wait Times Data
2013-14 Quarters 1 and 2: April 1 to September 30, 2013

Newfoundland and Labrador
Cancer Surgery Wait Times (April - September, 2013)
Cancer Surgery
Body Site
Pan-Canadian Benchmarks Number of Procedures 50th
Percentile
Wait Time
90th
Percentile
Wait Time
Bladder Cancer There are no national benchmarks for cancer surgery. 117 19 days 47 days
Breast Cancer There are no national benchmarks for cancer surgery. 153 13 days 27 days
Colorectal Cancer There are no national benchmarks for cancer surgery. 136 14 days 34 days
Lung Cancer There are no national benchmarks for cancer surgery. 26 15 days 36 days
Prostate Cancer There are no national benchmarks for cancer surgery. 69 31 days 53 days
Source: Regional Health Authorities, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Date: January 20, 2014
 
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