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Cancer surgery waiting times, malignant lung cancer data, 2012–13

Waiting times for surgery for malignant cancers are a measure of access to treatment that can maintain quality of life or be potentially life-saving. Without timely surgery, these cancers may progress and those with early-stage disease may face a reduced opportunity for cure.

In Australia, there are no maximum acceptable waiting time benchmarks for planned cancer surgery. Surgeries are prioritised using the same waiting list system as other planned surgeries. The patients covered by this report were assigned to planned surgery waiting lists by surgeons as urgent or semi-urgent cases. Urgent cases are expected to be completed within 30 days, while semi-urgent cases are meant to be completed within 90 days.

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Peer group Number of hospitals Number of surgeries Surgeries within urgency category time (%) Median waiting time (days) Surgeries within 30 days (%) Surgeries within 45 days (%)
* hospitals with <10 surgeries in 2012–13
Major hospitals 29 1,012 97 13 90 97
Other hospitals* 12 75 96 14 88 97
Total 41 1,087 97 13 90 97
Hospital State Peer group Reported number of surgeries 3 Surgeries within urgency category time (%) 4 Median waiting time (days) 5 Surgeries within 30 days (%) Surgeries within 45 days (%) 6
  1. Cancers that have the ability to progress to more serious disease and spread to surrounding tissue or other organs, if left untreated.
  2. For more information on the measures, suppression and peer groups see Hospital Performance: Cancer surgery waiting times in public hospitals in 2011–12, Technical Supplement.
  3. The number of patients admitted at or on behalf of the hospital for surgery for malignant lung cancer.
  4. The percentage of patients who received their urgent (category 1) surgery within 30 days and semi-urgent (category 2) surgery within 90 days.
  5. Half of patients received their surgery in less than or equal to the median waiting time and the remaining half waited longer.
  6. The percentage of all patients who received their surgery within 45 days (including patients who received their surgery within 30 days).
Royal Prince Alfred NSW Major hospitals 41 100 10 ≥90 ≥90
Liverpool NSW Major hospitals 51 84 33 47 84
Prince of Wales NSW Major hospitals 10–30 100 13 80 ≥90
St George NSW Major hospitals 10–30 100 10 ≥90 ≥90
Blacktown NSW Major hospitals 10–30 100 35 46 62
Westmead NSW Major hospitals 33 ≥90 14 ≥90 100
Nepean NSW Major hospitals 10–30 100 24 86 ≥90
Geelong Vic Major hospitals 10–30 100 12 ≥90 100
Ballarat Vic Major hospitals 10–30 100 21 ≥90 100
Bendigo Vic Major hospitals 10–30 100 12 100 100
Box Hill Vic Major hospitals 10–30 100 15 ≥90 100
Monash [Clayton] Vic Major hospitals 53 100 18 ≥90 100
The Alfred Vic Major hospitals 35 100 18 ≥90 100
Austin Vic Major hospitals 68 100 14 100 100
Western Vic Major hospitals 10–30 100 11 100 100
Royal Melbourne Vic Major hospitals 80 100 8 ≥90 100
St Vincent's VIC Vic Major hospitals 50 100 23 86 ≥90
Prince Charles Qld Major hospitals 71 100 6 ≥90 ≥90
Princess Alexandra Qld Major hospitals 62 84 18 71 ≥90
Gold Coast Qld Major hospitals 10–30 88 21 88 ≥90
Townsville Qld Major hospitals 10–30 80 21 72 ≥90
Royal Brisbane & Women's Qld Major hospitals 10–30 100 3 100 100
Royal Adelaide SA Major hospitals 68 100 9 100 100
Flinders SA Major hospitals 10–30 100 15 100 100
Sir Charles Gairdner WA Major hospitals 61 ≥90 6 ≥90 100
Royal Perth WA Major hospitals 10–30 100 20 ≥90 100
Fremantle WA Major hospitals 10–30 ≥90 8 ≥90 100
Royal Hobart Tas Major hospitals 10–30 79 19 79 ≥90
Canberra ACT Major hospitals 37 100 8 100 100
St Vincent's NSW NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Auburn NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Royal North Shore NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Gosford NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
John Hunter NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
The Tweed NSW Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Frankston Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Royal Children's VIC Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
The Northern Vic Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Queen Elizabeth SA SA Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Royal Darwin NT Other hospitals nfp nfp nc nfp nfp
Peter MacCallum Vic Unpeered hospitals 10–30 100 6 ≥90 100