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Cancer: Children

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time was from diagnosis of children with cancer to treatment for each type of cancer in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07. (187732)

Average waiting times for cancer patients and average waiting times for specific cancer conditions are not collected centrally. The cancer waiting time standard of a maximum wait of 31 days from urgent referral for suspected cancer to first cancer treatment for children's cancers was introduced from 2001. Performance against this standard in each of the last three years is shown in the following table:

Total number of patients

Performance (percentage)

2004-05

31

93.5

2005-06

36

91.7

2006-07

42

95.2