Cancer Care Ontario reports on systemic treatment wait times at each of the regional cancer centres that offer systemic treatment services for each type of cancer.
We provide this information to help you and your physician decide whether it is appropriate for you to be referred to a treatment facility outside your area or Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). If it is appropriate, your physician will contact the treatment centre to determine whether you can be accommodated there and to make the necessary arrangements. You are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses incurred, whether you receive treatment within our outside of your LHIN.
Systemic Treatment Wait Times - Current Month
Systemic Treatment Wait Times in Ontario Systemic treatment, which involves the use of intravenous chemotherapy drugs, is used to fight cancer throughout the entire body. Other treatments, such as radiation and surgery, focus on the site of the cancerous tumour. In 2007/08, more than 36,700 cancer patients in Ontario received some form of systemic treatment and this number is growing. Increasing rates of cancer in the province and expanded use of cancer drugs in treatment have led to increasing pressure on wait times for care and existing infrastructure, and increasing need for health human resources.
The overall average proportion of patients who had a consult with a medical oncologist within 14 days of referral increased from 48% in 2009 to 56% in 2010, while more patients received treatment in 2010.
Cancer Care Ontario reports systemic treatment wait times as the percentage of patients seen for the interval Referral to Consult and Consult to Treatment for Ontario, by regional cancer centre and by type of cancer. Wait Times are updated monthly.
Referral to Consult: The time between a referral to a specialist to the time that specialist consults with the patient. The target for this interval is 14 days.
Consult to Treatment: The time between a specialist consult with the patient and the time the patient receives his or her first chemotherapy treatment. The target for this interval is 28 days.
Provincial Wait Times: Intervals by Type of Cancer
DATA QUALITY NOTE:
1. TC North performance for this indicator may not be accurately represented due to data quality
2. Kingston had an upgrade in their radiation therapy software program, that has resulted in incorrect volumes for JUNE radiation activity data. The site has indicated that they will be resubmitting the corrected June 2015 radiation data. Radiation data will not be reported post JUNE 2015 until the software issue is resolved