Currently, the goal of England’s National Health Service is to treat all patients within approximately 2 months of diagnosis (though this target is frequently not met). In the United States, large academic treatment centers have a median time to treatment initiation of about 6 weeks. Read more . . .
Researchers have found that length of time between cancer diagnosis and treatment initiation may affect survival in certain settings, particularly for patients with early-stage breast cancer, lung cancer, and pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, treatment initiation can lead to greater anxiety, decreased satisfaction with care, and overall poorer quality of life for patients.