The number of people in Northern Ireland waiting more than a month to start cancer treatment is five times higher than a decade ago.
Macmillan Cancer research collated between April 2011 and March 2012 said on average 18 people each month waited more than a month for treatment.
By March 2022 that monthly figure had increased to 92 people - or by more than 400%.
Macmillan Cancer said the jump revealed a system that was "failing" patients.
Sarah Christie, Macmillan policy and public affairs manager, told BBC News NI that the figures revealed a "dark insight into a healthcare system that is failing time and again to meet the needs of people living with cancer".
Ms Christie said: "People have a right to be frustrated. They deserve access to care at the right time.
"We need a government in place so that change can happen and, crucially, that the three-year budget that had been planned before the executive collapsed can be signed off.
"It is impossible to deliver transformation on short-term budget."
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Source: BBC News, 29 September 2022