Excruciating Wait Times

From the Globe and Mail, May 9, 2009:

It’s good that some patients will have a more timely diagnosis for breast cancer, unfortunately this doesn’t address the wait times for treatment.

I went from a suspicious mammogram to a mastectomy in six weeks, which is very reasonable. According to Health Canada, chemotherapy should begin as soon as possible after your operation, usually within four to six weeks. I waited 10 weeks with no information from the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency on wait times or where I was on the list; I finally began chemo in Saskatoon 12 weeks after surgery.

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