Priority levels and target times for cancer surgeries in Ontario are set by surgeons, specialists and health care administrators across the province, based on clinical evidence, to guide treatment decisions and to improve patient access and outcomes.
Wait times for cancer surgeries in Ontario are measured and reported for two periods. (Data excludes patients who did not have the surgery after their first appointment with a surgeon.)
Time to patient's first cancer surgical appointment: How long patients waited from a surgeon or central intake office receiving the referral from the patient's doctor, to the patient's first appointment with the surgeon.
Time from decision to having cancer surgery: How long patients waited from deciding on surgery with the surgeon, to having the surgery.