Preoperative delays in the US Medicare population with breast cancer.

@article{Bleicher2012PreoperativeDI,
  title={Preoperative delays in the US Medicare population with breast cancer.},
  author={Richard J. Bleicher and Karen J. Ruth and Elin Ruth Sigurdson and Eric Ross and Yu-Ning Wong and Sameer Patel and Marcia C Boraas and Neal S. Topham and Brian L. Egleston},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={2012},
  volume={30 36},
  pages={4485-92}
}
PURPOSE Although no specific delay threshold after diagnosis of breast cancer has been demonstrated to affect outcome, delays can cause anxiety, and surgical waiting time has been suggested as a quality measure. This study was performed to determine the interval from presentation to surgery in Medicare patients with nonmetastatic invasive breast cancer who did not receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy and factors associated with a longer time to surgery. METHODS Medicare claims linked to… CONTINUE READING
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