Cancer patients wait up to 12 weeks for urgent treatment

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Alarming figures show every month dozens of cancer sufferers around the country are waiting more than two months to start potentially life-saving treatment.

Cancer Society of New Zealand medical director and Southern DHB oncologist Chris Jackson said while it was shocking to hear how long some patients were waiting for treatment, more emphasis needed to be put on the root causes.

"Our system is failing and that's exactly why we need a national cancer agency to ensure all DHBs are keeping up with a national standard of care."

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