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Cancer Surgery Wait Times

Understanding Cancer Surgery Wait Times

Cancer surgery is an operation to repair or remove part of the body in the treatment of cancer. There are many types of cancer and their diagnosis and treatment varies. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are common treatments. Some patients require only one treatment, such as surgery, while others require combinations of treatments.

While there are no national benchmarks for cancer surgery, wait times are usually short because most cancer cases are considered urgent and given high priority. However, patients should be aware that some cancers are slower growing and less urgent than others. While some waiting is necessary to plan appropriate treatment, waiting for treatment can be emotionally difficult and stressful for patients and their families.

Your wait time will be determined in consultation with your surgeon to ensure you receive timely access.

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