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Diagnosing cancer: changing patterns of care

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We prospectively assessed 100 consecutive inpatient referrals made to the Medical Oncology Unit. The major end‐point was the time to diagnostic biopsy. Referral trends and treatment outcomes were also recorded. Our results show that the referring units undertook the diagnostic process in the vast majority and the time to inpatient diagnostic biopsy has fallen from 10 to 4.6 days, compared with a similar study 13 years ago. This emphasizes the changing role of the oncologist in current day multidisciplinary cancer care.

Keywords: oncology referral; time to diagnosis

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Medical Oncology, Melbourne Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: February 1, 2007

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