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Table 2 Characteristics of the patients eligible for breast-conserving surgery who received or did not receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT) before surgery

From: Non-doctoral factors influencing the surgical choice of Chinese patients with breast cancer who were eligible for breast-conserving surgery

Patient characteristicsNCT (n = 16)No NCT (n = 133)P value
Surgical choice, no. (%)
 BCS2 (12.5)63 (47.4)0.0077*
 Mastectomy14 (87.5)70 (52.6)
Age, years
 Mean ± SD48.69 ± 10.6352.98 ± 12.910.2037
 Median (range)50.5 (31–64)51 (25–85)
Menstrual status, no. (%)
 Premenopausal10 (62.5)67 (50.4)0.4329
 Postmenopausal6 (37.5)66 (49.6)
Place of residence, no. (%)
 Urban10 (62.5)104 (78.2)0.2094
 Rural6 (37.5)29 (21.8)
 Within Nanjing region10 (62.5)81 (60.9)1.0
 Outside Nanjing6 (37.5)52 (39.1)
Insurance status, no. (%)
 General medicare insurance10 (62.5)95 (71.4)0.5625
 No or low-level medicare insurance6 (37.5)38 (28.6)
Household income, $, no. (%)
 > 1500 per year4 (25)55 (41.4)0.2820
 ≤ 1500 per year12 (75)78 (58.6)
Level of education, no. (%)
 Bachelor’s degree or above7 (43.8)53 (39.8)0.7920
 Other9 (56.2)80 (60.2)
Pathological type before surgery, no. (%)
 Invasive carcinoma16 (100)92 (69.2)0.2137
 Carcinoma in situ0 (0)17 (12.8)
 Others0 (0)24 (18.0)
Confirmed diagnosis before surgery, no. (%)
 Yes16 (100)110 (82.7)0.1339
 No0 (0)23 (17.3)
Tumor size (mm) (mean ± SD), no. (%)17.18 ± 14.2018.39 ± 6.010.5315
  1. *P < 0.05