Trends in postoperative radiotherapy delay and the effect on survival in breast cancer patients treated with conservation surgery

J Stefoski, R Haward, C Johnston, A Crellin, D Dodwell, AP Jones, P Pisani, D Forman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

94 Citations (Scopus)


The adequate timing of adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) in breast cancer has become a subject of increasing interest in recent years. A population-based study was undertaken to determine the influence of demographic and clinical factors on the postoperative RT delay in patients treated with breast-conserving surgery (BCS) and to assess the impact of delay on survival. In total, 7800 breast cancer patients treated with BCS and adjuvant RT between 1986 and 1998 in Yorkshire were included in the study. The median interval between surgery and the start of RT (S-RT interval) was 8 weeks (7 weeks for chemotherapy negative and 11 for chemotherapy positive patients). This interval increased substantially over time from 5 weeks during 1986-1988, irrespective of patients' chemotherapy status, to 10 and 17 weeks among chemotherapy negative and chemotherapy positive patients, respectively, in 1997-1998. The S-RT interval was also significantly influenced by travel time to RT centre, year and at which RT centre patient had the treatment (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1343-1348
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Cite this