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Table 2 Time to presentation, diagnosis, and treatment

From: The time required to diagnose and treat lung cancer in Delhi, India: an updated experience of a public referral center

  Overall Before January 2012 After January 2012 P value
Evaluation Durationsa:
 Symptom Onset to Diagnostic Study (n = 755): 101 [56–168] 108 [64–189.8] 99 [55–167] p = 0.147
 Diagnostic Study to Confirmed Diagnosis (n = 908): 6 [3–8] 3 [2–6] 6 [4–9] p < 0.0001
 Symptoms Onset to Confirmed Diagnosis (n = 948): 107 [60–173] 114 [63–192] 106 [59–173] p = 0.194
 Symptom Onset to Referral with Specialist at Our Center (n = 1155)b: 120 [75–180] 120 [75.7–210] 120 [74–180] p = 0.130
Treatment Durations:
 Diagnostic Study to Chemotherapy Initiation (n = 321) 28 [18–42] 25.5 [13.5–35.3] 28 [18–43] p = 0.028
 Confirmed Diagnosis to Chemotherapy Initiation (n = 426): 20 [11–33] 17.5 [9.5–26.8] 21 [12–35] p = 0.018
 Visit with Specialist at Our Center to Chemotherapy Initiation (n = 401): 12 [5–19] 9 [5–15.3] 12 [6–20] p = 0.029
Overview:
 Symptom Onset to Chemotherapy Initiation (n = 420)+: 126 [85–196.8] 144.5 [79–245] 125 [85.5–193.5] p = 0.359
 New Referrals to our Center per Month (Visits/Month)c: 12.6 +/− 9.8 5.1 +/− 2.3 18.6 +/−  9.4 p < 0.0001
  1. aAll durations were expressed as median days [inter-quartile range]
  2. bSymptoms that were reported to extend longer than 90 days at time of first visit with a specialist were rounded to the nearest 30-day interval. Patients were excluded from analysis if the duration between symptom onset and referral to our center was greater than 365 days. +Patients were excluded if the duration between symptom onset and chemotherapy initiation was greater than 730 days
  3. cNew referrals per month were expressed as mean visits per month +/− standard deviation