Please Enter Data from 1st April 2020

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FAQ for filling out this form. What does the data mean?

It is important that you understand the purpose of each data item.

In the Pie Chart above:

  • Current patients who are waiting for surgery is represented by the dark blue slice (n=24)
    These are patients who are waiting to have surgery at the time of data entry. This should include any patients who have completed “delaying treatments” (e.g. an addition cycles of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy that would not normally have been given).
    This number will change over time,  getting larger if there is insufficient operative capacity and smaller if operative capacity starts to exceed the number of new patients requiring surgery.
  • Current patients who have had “delaying” treatments is represented by the bright blue slice (n=6)
    These are patients who are still planned to have surgery but for who there is no capacity to operate and are so having treatments aimed at stopping or slowing the progression of cancer so that they remain operable at a later date (e.g. neo-adjuvant chemotherapy or ChemoRT for tumours which would normally go straight to surgery).
    This number will change over time.
    Once the patient has completed this delaying treatment they should then be counted in the  Current patients who are waiting for surgery group.
  • Total patients who have had alternate treatements  is represented by the yellow slice (n=4)
    These are patients for who the gold standard treatment would involve surgery but who are now having other less good treatments (but still with intent to cure) as there is no capacity to operate (e.g. a patient with an oesophageal adenocarcinoma having radiotherapy instead of surgery).
    This number should only get larger over time.
  • Total number of patients denied Surgery is represented by the orange slice (n=3)
    These are patients who in normal times would have had surgery but because of low chance of cure, co-morbidities or ITU requiremnts, are now deemed not for curative treatment.
    This number should only get larger over time.
  • Total Patients who are now palliative is represented by the red slice (n=3)
    These are the patients where long delays to surgery (or while having delaying treatments) have allowed the cancer to progress so that they are now palliative.
    This number should only get larger over time.

 

In the line graph below (colours are the same) it can be seen that both of the blue lines (Current patients who are waiting for surgery and Current patients who are having “delaying” treatments) rise and fall over time while the lines representing totals contine to rise.