Thyroid cancer diagnosis and treatment statistics

Patient Experience

Thyroid cancer patients rating their care very good or excellent, 2014, England

'14-day / Two-week wait'

England meets the standard for their country on the percentage of patients first seen by a specialist within two weeks of urgent GP referral for suspected cancer.[1]

'Two-week wait' supports early diagnosis as spotting cancer early is important for improving survival, so it is important that patients with potential cancer symptoms are referred promptly.

'31-day wait'

Scotland and Northern Ireland meet the standard for their country on the percentage of patients that receive their first cancer treatment within 31 days of a decision to treat, while Wales does not meet the standard for their country.[2-4]

The speed at which patients receive their first treatment can have a positive outcome on their clinical outcome, so it is important that patients with cancer symptoms are treated promptly.

'62-day wait'

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland do not meet the standard for their country on the percentage of patients receiving their first definitive treatment for cancer within two months of a GP referral for suspected cancer.[2-4]

The speed at which patients receive their first treatment can have a positive outcome on their clinical outcome, so it is important that patients with cancer symptoms are treated promptly.

Cancer waiting times coding and standards are different in each country and so comparisons should not be made between countries, only each country against their own measures.

Head and Neck Cancers, Waiting Times, UK countries, 2014-15

    England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland
'14-day wait': seen by specialist following referral Performance 95.7%      
Standard 93%      
Performance against standard Meets standard      
'31-day wait': receipt of first treatment following decision to treat Performance   97.2% 96.0% 96.4%
Standard   98% 95% 98%
Performance against standard   Does not meet standard Meets standard Does not meet standard
'62-day wait': receipt of first treatment following referral Performance   74.5% 89.7% 60.0%
Standard   95%> 95% 95%
Performance against standard   Does not meet standard Does not meet standard Does not meet standard

Data not available for '14-day wait' in Wales, Scotland or NI.
Data not available for '31- or 62-day wait' in England.

References

  1. NHS England. Cancer waiting times(link is external).  Accessed May 2015.
  2. StatsWales. Cancer waiting times(link is external). Accessed May 2015.
  3. ISD Scotland. Cancer Waiting Times(link is external). Accessed June 2015.
  4. Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. Cancer Waiting Times(link is external). Accessed June 2015
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83% of thyroid cancer patients rate their care as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.[1] Patient experience varies with individual needs and concerns, which are influenced by many aspects of personal background, disease characteristics and the care environment.

75% of patients were given the name of a Clinical Nurse Specialist in charge of their care.[1] Being given the name of a Clinical Nurse Specialist in charge of a patients’ care is the factor most likely to be associated with high patient satisfaction scores.[2]

60% said they saw their GP once or twice before being told they had to go to hospital.[1] How often a patient sees their GP before being referred to hospital varies by cancer type depending on ease of diagnosis.[3]

For thyroid cancer the proportion that said they saw their GP once or twice before being told they had to go to hospital is similar to the average for all cancer patients.[1]

Spotting cancer early is important for improving survival so it is important that patients with potential cancer symptoms are referred for tests promptly.

Thyroid cancer (C73), Patient Experience Survey, by Sex, England, 2014

Female Male Persons
Percentage of patients treated for cancer who visited their GP once or twice about the health problem caused by their cancer 58.9% 62.7% 60.1%
Percentage of patients treated for cancer who said they were given the name of a Clinical Nurse Specialist in charge of their care 73.7% 76.9% 74.7%
Percentage of patients treated for cancer who rated their overall care as excellent or very good 81.9% 86.8% 83.4%

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