Two-Week Wait: Breast Symptoms

Two-Week Wait: Breast Symptoms

A term of art used in the context of the UK’s cancer targets, which require that all patients referred with any breast symptoms should have their first appointment with an oncologist within 14 calendar days of the oncologist receiving the referral.

While adjustments can be made for patient non-attendance (did not attend—DNA), no adjustments can be made in relation to patient choice—i.e., if an appointment is offered within the required 14-day period and the patient declines/defers that appointment to a date after the 14-day deadline, legitimate adjustments to the pathway cannot be applied and the patient will “breach” that target.