Faster Cancer Treatment

The Faster Cancer Treatment (FCT) programme aims to improve the quality and timeliness of services for patients along the cancer pathway. The programme also links with other programmes of work that will improve cancer diagnostic and treatment services.

Key initiatives under FCT include

  • implementing the FCT indicators and new FCT target
  • developing and implementing national tumour specific standards
  • implementing the cancer service improvement fund
  • implementing the cancer nurse coordinator roles
  • improving coverage and functionality of multidisciplinary meetings

In the South Island a variety of projects are being undertaken under the FCT banner, funded through the Ministry of Health. You can read more about these here.

More information on FCT can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

In the South Island the SCN is working with the DHBs to support them in their achievement of the timeliness indicators (patients with a confirmed cancer diagnosis receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 31 days of a decision to treat; patients referred urgently with a high suspicion of cancer receive their first treatment (or other management) within 62 days of the referral being received by the hospital).

Work is also underway to ongoing support the DHBs in improving the functionality and coverage of their multi-disciplinary meetings (MDMs).

Quarterly FCT health target results

Q1-3 2015-16