WAITING FOR TREATMENT
• In B.C., median wait time from abnormal screen to diagnosis is 2.9 weeks in the Fast Track program; 4.1 weeks otherwise. Median wait time from diagnosis to surgery is 4 weeks (2004 data); 94 per cent of women receive surgery by nine weeks for all cancers. Median wait time for radiotherapy is six days for all cancers. Median wait time for chemotherapy is three days. • There are no national benchmarks for wait times associated with surgery or chemotherapy. • Only half of the jurisdictions achieved or bettered the national benchmark of four weeks wait time for radiation therapy. • Some jurisdictions have no wait time reporting systems and have little or no data to share. • The approval process for new treatments is lengthy, taking as long as five years from the initial application by a manufacturer. • Canada lags behind other countries in the adoption of electronic health records, a technology that could expedite procedures.