Tackling Time to Treat
The average time to treat (TTT) in our nation’s best academic cancer centers is 44 days. We can shorten that wait with multidisciplinary care that measures and emphasizes TTT as important to patients.
A growing body of evidence suggests that prolonged time to treat (TTT) can negatively impact survival for patients with solid tumors. A number of complicated factors contribute to prolonged TTT; the average even in our nation’s best academic cancer centers is 44 days.
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Reducing this number is a daunting but doable task. Two years ago we began to emphasize TTT at Cleveland Clinic. We started with an overall TTT of 40 days, but by committing to multidisciplinary care and integrated practice and emphasizing and measuring TTT, we have achieved 30 days or less in our three largest cancer programs (breast, colorectal and lung).
Read more about how Cleveland Clinic reduced TTT in U.S. News & World Report.
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