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Faster cancer treatment hits one year milestone

Issued: 19 Aug 2008

Cancer patients in Highland have been benefiting from faster diagnosis and treatment for a full year.

The latest figures show 98% of patients referred urgently by their GP in the first three months of this year were diagnosed and in treatment within 62 days.

NHS Highland first met the target in the second quarter of last year (April - June 2007).

Cancer Network Manager Chris McIntosh said: "These figures show the improved information systems and service changes put in place to meet the target for the first time are still working. A large number of people are involved in the care of each cancer patient and we hold weekly monitoring meetings to identify and address any unnecessary delays in individual cases. I'd like to thank everyone who has worked hard to make this possible for patients."

The same focus is now being given to the job of speeding up treatment for breast cancer patients even further. The new figures show there has been a big improvement against the target aimed at having all breast cancer patients in treatment within 31 days of diagnosis. While performance stood at 51% in the last quarter of last year, figures for the first quarter of 2008 show performance at 80%.

Ms MacIntosh said: "A 29% improvement in one quarter is a big step forward and I can reassure patients that our efforts will continue until we meet this target too."

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