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Timely initiation of chemotherapy: a systematic literature review of six priority cancers - results and recommendations for clinical practice

M Alexander, R Blum, K Burbury, J Coutsouvelis, M Dooley, O Fazil, T Griffiths, H Ismail, S Joshi, N Love, S Opat, P Parente, N Porter, E Ross, J Siderov, P Thomas, S White, S Kirsa, D Rischin



This review evaluated the association between time-to-chemotherapy (TTC) and survival in six priority cancers. A systematic review of the literature was undertaken for papers indexed in the MEDLINE and Cochrane Library databases from the earliest index until April 2014. The methodology used has been published in a separate paper (Guidelines for timely initiation of chemotherapy: a proposed framework for access to medical oncology and haematology cancer clinics and chemotherapy services). The optimal timing of chemotherapy in breast cancer is unclear as available studies are of low quality, report inconsistent results and are limited to the adjuvant setting. However, increased TTC may have a ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This literature review was funded by the Cancer Strategy and Development Unit, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Project funding included the appointment of Marliese Alexander and Natalie Love as project officers. Marliese Alexander was additionally supported by the Australian Postgraduate Award from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Monash University. No other authors received funding for their contributions.