Question NW1565 to the Minister of Health

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29 November 2019 - NW1565

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Gwarube, Ms S to ask the Minister of Health

What is the current waiting period for treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer from time of diagnosis to first phase of treatment?


Treatment of different types of cancer differ by province, facility and type of cancer The estimated waiting period for patients diagnosed with cervical cancer ranges from 6-11 weeks and for prostate cancer 11-28 weeks.

Waiting times at selected hospitals such as Frere Hospital, Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital, Livingstone Hospital, Polokwane Hospital ranges between 6 to 8 weeks. In Tygerberg, Groote Schuur and Universitas Hospitals the waiting times are between 12-14 weeks.

We are currently conducting an audit on cancer services and the outcome will be made available once the audit is completed.


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