Comparing the effect of distance to treatment facility on reconstruction and breast conservation therapy for early-stage invasive ductal carcinoma between the nation and the mountain region


      • Nationwide, there are decreasing odds of radiation.
      • Nationwide, there are increasing odds of mastectomy and reconstruction.
      • Farther facility distance decreases odds of BCT and increases odds of mastectomy.
      • Nationwide, living farther does not affect odds of reconstruction.
      • In the mountain region, living farther decreases odds of reconstruction.



      Our objective is to evaluate the effect of distance to facility on the use of breast conservation therapy and reconstruction for early stage breast cancer.


      Utilizing the National Cancer Database, we identified females, age <65, with Stage I invasive ductal carcinoma from 2004 to 2015. Using logistic regression, we compared radiation, mastectomy, and reconstruction treatment patterns. A subgroup analysis was performed within the mountain region (MR).


      Nationwide, there are decreasing odds of radiation, increasing odds of mastectomy, and increasing odds of reconstruction. Patients living farther were less likely to receive radiation, more likely to undergo mastectomy, with no effect on reconstruction. Within the MR, patients living farther from their facility were less likely to receive radiation, more likely to undergo mastectomy, however, they were less likely to undergo reconstruction.


      Nationwide and within the MR, patients living farther from their facility are less likely to receive radiation and more likely to undergo mastectomy. There is a disparity between the MR and the nation in use of reconstruction for this population.


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