Tumour standards

Standards of service provision for patients with cancer

The national tumour standards describe the level of service that a person with cancer should have access to in New Zealand. They are used by the DHBs as the benchmarks for high quality care for different types of cancer and help ensure patients receive timely, good quality care along the cancer pathway.

The first tumour specific standards to be developed were the Standards of Service Provision for Lung Cancer Patients in New Zealand, published in 2011.

Subsequently, in December 2013, the Ministry of Health published 10 sets of provisional tumour standards for bowel, breast, gynaecological, lymphoma, myeloma, head and neck, thyroid, melanoma, sarcoma and upper gastrointestinal cancer.

The standards documents can all be found on the Ministry's website.