Background Cancer of the cervix is the second most common of all cancers which affect women and also a major burden among women in most low and middle income countries. However, the average duration between onset of symptoms and initiation of treatment among cervical cancer at the National Radiotherapy Centre in Ghana is unknown. The study sought to evaluate the timeliness of cervical cancer treatment initiation among patients with cervical cancer. Methods It was cross- sectional quantitative study conducted at the National Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine, Korle-Bu from May to June 2018. Data collection was done with the use of structured questionnaire among patients with cervical cancer receiving treatment at the unit. Clinical information about patients were extracted from patients’ folders to complete clinical information. Median timeliness of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment initiation were determined as well as the assessment of the risk factors for delayed treatment initiation. The sociodemographic and clinical data were summarised using frequencies, means and proportions. Associations between the outcome and independent variables were determined using Fisher’s exact and Pearson’s chi-square. Significance levels were determined at a confidence level of 95% with a margin of error 5% and p-value < 0.05. Results A total of 117 respondents’ participated in this study. The study identified timeliness of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment initiation blocks which can be used in establishing interventions to address delays in the timeliness of treatment initiation. The median patient and treatment initiation timeliness were 28 and 31.5 weeks respectively while the mean diagnostic timeliness was 1.62 weeks. About 99 (85%) of the patients experienced total delay. The initial choice of treatment patients opted for and patient delay were significantly associated with total delay (p< 0.001). Significant associations were observed between secondary delay and the number of repeated visits to a health facility before diagnosis and the facility that diagnosed (p
OPOKU, F (2021). Evaluation of The Timelines of Treatment Initiation Among Cervical Cancer Patients at The National Centre For Radiotherapy And Nuclear Medicine, Korle-Bu. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/evaluation-of-the-timelines-of-treatment-initiation-among-cervical-cancer-patients-at-the-national-centre-for-radiotherapy-and-nuclear-medicine-korle-bu
OPOKU, FAKYEWAA "Evaluation of The Timelines of Treatment Initiation Among Cervical Cancer Patients at The National Centre For Radiotherapy And Nuclear Medicine, Korle-Bu" Afribary. Afribary, 13 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/evaluation-of-the-timelines-of-treatment-initiation-among-cervical-cancer-patients-at-the-national-centre-for-radiotherapy-and-nuclear-medicine-korle-bu. Accessed 05 Jun. 2023.
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OPOKU, FAKYEWAA . "Evaluation of The Timelines of Treatment Initiation Among Cervical Cancer Patients at The National Centre For Radiotherapy And Nuclear Medicine, Korle-Bu" Afribary (2021). Accessed June 05, 2023. https://afribary.com/works/evaluation-of-the-timelines-of-treatment-initiation-among-cervical-cancer-patients-at-the-national-centre-for-radiotherapy-and-nuclear-medicine-korle-bu