Cancer Care

Wait Time Benchmarks for Cancer Care

 Procedure  Emergency cases*  Urgent cases*  Scheduled cases*
Radiation therapy Immediate to 24 h Based on individual need Consultation: within 10 working days

Treatment: within 10 working days of consultation

* Priority or urgency levels are defined as follows:

  • Emergency = immediate danger to life, limb or organ
  • Urgent = Situation that is unstable and has the potential to deteriorate quickly and result in an emergency admission
  • Scheduled = Situation involving minimal pain, dysfunction or disability (also called “routine” or “elective”)

Note: Unless specified, time refers to calendar days between decision to treat by specialist and the day treatment is received.

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