Breast Cancer

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what targets have been set for (a) assessment and (b) treatment for breast cancer in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

In Northern Ireland, patients with suspected breast cancer are expected to be assessed by a specialist within two weeks of urgent referral by their GP. This two-week target for breast cancer patients has been in place since 1 August 2000. There are no formal targets for treatment time, but on the basis of the latest available information the vast majority of breast cancer patients receive treatment within six weeks of their diagnosis.

The Regional Cancer Services Framework is considering waiting times for cancer patients and is developing recommendations, which aim to improve the treatment and care for all people with cancer.

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