The 'straight to test' initiative reduces both diagnostic and treatment waiting times for colorectal cancer: outcomes after 2 years.

@article{Mukherjee2010TheT,
  title={The 'straight to test' initiative reduces both diagnostic and treatment waiting times for colorectal cancer: outcomes after 2 years.},
  author={Smitangshu Mukherjee and G. Fountain and Margaret J Stalker and Jill Williams and Terri Porrett and Peter James Lunniss},
  journal={Colorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland},
  year={2010},
  volume={12 10 Online},
  pages={e250-4}
}
AIM This study aimed to determine whether a 'straight to test'(STT) strategy for 2-week wait (2 wk) referrals for suspected colorectal cancer (CRC) reduced the time to diagnosis and treatment for patients with CRC. METHOD Consecutive 2-week referrals for suspected CRC over a period of 2 years from February 2007 were analysed. The times to the first diagnostic test and treatment and the cancers identified were analysed for those going to STT or the outpatient clinic. RESULTS Of 662 patients… CONTINUE READING