Patients who did not visit the oncologist on time increased the risk of death by 63%

Patients who ignored a visit to an oncologist within two weeks of diagnosis increased the risk of premature death by 63%. Scientists from York University revealed this pattern in the framework of the program Two Week Wait, dedicated to the impact of rapid diagnosis of cancer on the health of more than 100,000 patients.

Early diagnosis is a necessary aspect of effective cancer treatment, as it helps to detect the disease at early stage. Therefore, the Two Week Wait program is being promoted in the UK, according to which the patient must turn to an oncologist for diagnosis within two weeks, after the therapist suspected the disease.

The team of scientists decided to test the effectiveness of this program by analyzing data on 109 443 participants. Within six months, 10,360 people were diagnosed with cancer, of which 5673 patients did not meet oncologist in the first two weeks. 2,029 people died over the next year after diagnosis. The researchers found that premature mortality among people who did not visit a doctor on time was 31.3%, while among those who visited on time only19.2%.

The authors report that elderly people, young people, men and those who live far from the hospital are those who most often ignore the first visit. In addition, the interfering factor can serve as cancer-affected organs, for example, the gastrointestinal system due to the fact that patients may want to avoid uncomfortable procedures.

Thus, the study will help therapists and oncologists to identify factors that can prevent patients from visiting a doctor on time better. In addition, experts urge timely diagnostics to reduce the risk of premature death.

Sept. 16, 2019, 10:28 a.m.

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