New 'streamlined' cancer pathway to reduce waiting times

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A new 'streamlined' cancer pathway for patients has been introduced in a bid to reduce waiting times.

Single Suspected Cancer Pathway is aiming to improve quality and outcomes for cancer patients in Wales.

It will start from the point a patient is suspected of having cancer, rather than when the cancer is confirmed, as is currently the case for some cancer patients. It is intended that treatment should start no later than 62 days from the point of suspicion.

Implementation of the new single cancer pathway will be supported with a £3m investment from the Welsh Government from the next financial year.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said:

Cancer has become the single biggest cause of premature death in Wales and the UK.

Cancer Research UK say early diagnosis is key in providing successful treatment: