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Suspected childhood cancer fast track: increasing referrals, diminishing returns
  1. Reg Bragonier,
  2. Elaine Cordey
  1. Department of General Paediatrics, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Reg Bragonier, Department of General Paediatrics, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Marlborough St, Bristol BS2 8BJ, UK; Reg.Bragonier{at}

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Concern has been expressed regarding the timely diagnosis of cancer in children and young people in this country.1 The 2 week fast track (2WFT) system is intended to help GPs identify features of childhood cancer, and mandates local hospital trusts with suitable specialists to see referred cases within 2 weeks. Other than a paper reporting fairly small numbers within a District General Hospital setting,2 and a follow-up letter from our institution reporting larger numbers,3 both published in this journal, there is a paucity of published data on the effectiveness of this system. Our initial letter3 reported figures over a 3 year period. We have continued …

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  • Contributors EC extracted data from computer records. RB wrote main article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.