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Julia White, Monica Morrow, Jennifer Moughan, Jean Owen, Thomas Pajak, Susan DesHarnais, David P. Winchester and J. Frank Wilson Compliance with breast-conservation standards for patients with early-stage breast carcinoma Cancer 97

Article first published online: 3 FEB 2003 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.11141

A population of 16,643 analyzable patients with early-stage breast carcinoma submitted from cancer registries were studied to determine the compliance rate, to established practice standards for breastconserving therapy and to discern whether treatment compliance varied by patient or by hospital factors. Compliance was ≥80% for 16 of 22 standards studied, with significant variation across the type of hospital cancer program and geographic location. Six standards had poor compliance and represent a need for targeted physician education.

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