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Table 1 Median waiting times and proportion of patients receiving radiotherapy (RT) within 60 days of diagnosis or previous treatment

From: Radiotherapy waiting times for women with breast cancer: a population-based cohort study

  Total number of patients Number(%) receiving RT Median wait (days) % treated within 60 days after diagnosis or previous treatment
     Unadjusted Adjusteda
Network of residence      
   Ab 1940 489 (25) 36 79 81
   B 11527 4685 (41) 61 49 47
   Cb 4626 1716 (37) 48 63 66
   Db 7239 3190 (44) 56 55 53
   E 8154 2924 (36) 49 63 59
   F 7196 2665 (37) 49 62 61
   G 8768 2976 (34) 56 54 53
   H 5171 1806 (35) 42 76 77
   I* 8915 2977 (33) 44 68 68
   J 9793 3572 (36) 48 63 63
   K 9396 3000 (32) 65 45 43
   Lb 2111 650 (31) 55 60 56
   M 10197 4677 (46) 48 63 62
   Other/Not known 85 27 (32) 55 63 64
Test for heterogeneity:    χ2 (12 df) 958.9 1046.7
     p < 0.0001 p < 0.0001
Year of diagnosis      
   1992* 9163 3555 (39) 43 68 68
   1993 8403 3099 (37) 45 67 67
   1994 8911 3530 (40) 45 69 69
   1995 9228 3718 (40) 47 67 66
   1996 9937 3935 (40) 49 63 62
   1997 10362 4134 (40) 51 61 60
   1998 10011 3672 (37) 51 61 59
   1999 9944 3667 (37) 56 54 52
   2000 9693 3127 (32) 69 42 40
   2001 9466 2917 (31) 77 36 33
Test for trend:    χ2 (1 df) 1229.7 1329.0
     p < 0.0001 p < 0.0001
Site      
   Breast* 89163 34162 (38) 51 60 60
   Breast in situ 5955 1192 (20) 60 50 50
Test for heterogeneity:    χ2 (1 df) 42.2 37.7
     p < 0.0001 p < 0.0001
Stage      
   1* 38870 16969 (44) 54 58 58
   2 1955 747 (38) 51 58 53
   3 17201 7568 (44) 55 56 54
   4 4947 1661 (34) 31 73 68
   Not known 32145 8409 (26) 47 63 59
Test for trend:    χ2 (1 df) 20.8 0.8
     p < 0.0001 p = 0.3660
IMD income quintile      
   1 (Least deprived)* 19996 7854 (39) 50 61 61
   2 20010 7600 (38) 51 59 59
   3 19058 7211 (38) 53 58 59
   4 19175 6914 (36) 52 59 59
   5 (Most deprived) 16759 5756 (34) 51 59 59
   Not known 120 19 (16) 55 58 62
Test for trend:    χ2 (1 df) 1.8 1.6
     p = 0.1783 p = 0.2050
Age group      
   < 50* 19883 8329 (42) 51 59 59
   50–59 23091 10483 (45) 50 60 62
   60–69 19463 9170 (47) 53 60 62
   70–79 17581 5882 (33) 53 58 60
   80+ 15100 1490 (10) 52 58 59
Test for trend:    χ2 (1 df) 0.3 1.4
     p = 0.5828 p = 0.2456
All cases 95118 35354 (37) 52 59  
  1. a = Adjusted for all other variables in table and survival
  2. b = TCR part of network
  3. * = Baseline category
  4. Tests for heterogeneity and trend exclude 'other' and 'not known' categories