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Breast Cancer Wait Times in Canada — 2008 Report Card

Breast Cancer Wait Times 2008The 2008 Report Card on Breast Cancer Wait Times in Canada provides an overview of wait times for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in Canada. It looks at clinical guidelines, benchmarks and wait times provided by the provinces and territories. It also looks at factors affecting wait times, best practices and strengths, gaps in information and weaknesses in performance. In addition, the report reviews wait times for drug approvals and access to affordable drugs and suggests options for an action strategy on wait times.

The Report Card looks primarily at wait times for four aspects of breast cancer care:

  • Time from an abnormal mammogram to diagnosis of breast cancer
  • Time from diagnosis to surgery
  • Wait time for radiation therapy and chemotherapy
  • Time elapsed before new drugs are approved and made accessible to breast cancer survivors

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