Factors Affecting Time to Surgery in Breast Cancer Patients.
BACKGROUND: We sought to determine factors affecting time to surgery (TTS) to identify potential modifiable factors to improve timeliness of care.
METHODS: Patients with clinical stage 0-3 breast cancer undergoing partial mastectomy in 2 clinical trials, conducted in ten centers across the US, were analyzed. No preoperative workup was mandated by the study; those receiving neoadjuvant therapy were excluded.
RESULTS: The median TTS among the 583 patients in this cohort was 34 days (range: 1-289). Patient age, race, tumor palpability, and genomic subtype did not influence timeliness of care defined as TTS ≤30 days. Hispanic patients less likely to have a TTS ≤30 days (
CONCLUSIONS: Preoperative MRI significantly increases time to surgery; surgeons should consider this in deciding on its use.
Chagpar AB, Howard-McNatt M, Chiba A, Levine EA, Gass JS, Gallagher K et al. [Brown E] Factors affecting time to surgery in breast cancer patients. Am Surg. 2022 Apr;88(4):648-652. doi: 10.1177/00031348211054714. PMID: 34732082.