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National Standards

There are national standards for cancer waiting times:

  • First appointment with a specialist within a maximum of 14 days of referral

  • Cancer diagnosis is confirmed or excluded within 28 days of referral

  • A maximum of 31 days for treatment to begin once a decision to treat has been made

  • No longer than 62 days overall from your GP referral to your first treatment

 You can find out more information about the NHS’s cancer targets on the nhs.uk website

cancer referral diagram