TITLE

HAS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TWO WEEK RULE IMPACTED ON MORTALITY IN UPPER GI CANCERS? AN AUDIT AT TWO DISTRICT GENERAL HOSPITALS

PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA117
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The two week wait standard for upper gastrointestinal cancers was introduced on July 1, 2000 and requires patients to be seen by specialist within 2 weeks of referral. British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines on management of oesophageal and gastric cancer emphasised that there were few data to suggest that a referral within 2 weeks would improve outcome quantitatively. This article cites a study conducted to determine if the implementation of the two week rule had made any significant impact on mortality in upper gastrointestinal cancers. Results of the study suggest that the two week rule has not led to any significant improvement in 12 or 18 month mortality in upper gastrointestinal cancers.
ACCESSION #
13219270

 

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