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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 523-529

Daily waiting and treatment times at an advanced radiation oncology setup: A 4-year audit of consecutive patients from single institution

Department of Radiation Oncology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

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Anusheel Munshi
Department of Radiation Oncology, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi - 110 075
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_685_19

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Purpose: We present our data for every single fraction for every patient treated at our center for the past 4 years, analyzing the waiting and treatment times. Materials and Methods: Between January 2014 and February 2018, all patients and their corresponding recorded measurements of waiting time and machine treatment time were analyzed. Times recorded included actual arrival time, designated arrival time, linac entry time, and last beam treatment time. The complete waiting time information was divided into two categories (1) first day treatments and (2) subsequent day treatments. SPSS version 18 was used for statistical calculations, correlations, and assessing significance. Results:First day treatments - of 1982 patients following treatments were carried out; 1557 volumetric-modulated arc therapy (78.6%), 88 three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (RT) (4.4%), 14 electron (0.7%), 10 intensity-modulated RT (0.5%), 264 stereotactic irradiation (13.3%), 17 stereotactic body RT (0.7%), and 32 total body irradiation (1.6%). The mean (± standard deviation) times for early/late time, total spent time (TST), wait time gross (WTG), and wait time net (WTN) were 11.0 ± 49.6 min, 74.7 ± 44.8 min, 47.46 ± 43.9 min, and 24.1 ± 44.4 min, respectively. Subsequent day treatments - a total of 34,438 sessions of treatment delivery were recorded. Overall average WTG was 37.4 ± 32.7 min. Overall WTN was 12.1 ± 62.7 min. Overall mean total spent time (TST) was 52.4 ± 33.0 min, overall mean setup and treatment time was 15.1 ± 10.9 min. Conclusion: We have presented our results of patient-related times during RT. Our study covers the daily waiting times before RT as well as the actual treatment times during modern-day RT. This consecutive patient data from a large series shall be an important resource tool for future planners and policymakers.

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