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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 …
Contributors EC extracted data from computer records. RB wrote main article.
Competing interests None declared.
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