Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center (Taussig) Outcomes
Institute Quality Initiatives
Reducing Time-to-Treatment for Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients
Median Days to First Treatment by Quarter
An initial diagnosis of cancer is a time when patients are often desperate for answers.¹ Reducing this stress and anxiety by ensuring patients begin treatment as quickly as possible is a Taussig Cancer Institute imperative. Using the Institute's Cancer Tumor Registry and propriety Cancer Data Warehouse, the difference between the date of first positive biopsy and the first day the patient received any cancer-related treatment is measured quarterly for all patients diagnosed with or treated for cancer at Cleveland Clinic's main campus or family health centers.
Percentage of New Patients Taking 45 Days or Greater to Initiate Cancer Treatment
We defined outliers as patients with particularly prolonged time-to-treatment (greater than 45 days) and specifically evaluated the proportion of patients defined as outliers for each disease program to set goals for the reduction of such outliers.¹
DX = Diagnosis