Delaying the start of chemotherapy for more than 120 days following breast cancer surgery decreases 5-year overall survival. (This was 89% for patients with a chemotherapy delay of more than 120 days vs. 92% for women with a shorter delay.)
• Initiation of chemotherapy greater than 120 days after diagnosis was associated with poorer overall survival. Time interval from diagnosis to surgery had the greatest impact on time from diagnosis to chemotherapy, with reconstruction resulting in the greatest delay.
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