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Breast Cancer Provider Interval Length in Fukushima, Japan, After the 2011 Triple Disaster: A Long-Term Retrospective Study

Akihiko Ozaki, Shuhei Nomura, Claire Leppold, Masaharu Tsubokura, Toyoaki Sawano, Manabu Tsukada, Tomohiro Morita, Tetsuya Tanimoto, Shigehira Saji, Shigeaki Kato, Kazue Yamaoka, Yoshinori Nakata, Hiromichi Ohira



BACKGROUND: Minimizing the interval from symptom onset to treatment commencement is essential for a favorable outcome among breast cancer (BC) patients. This study examined whether provider interval (time elapsed from first consultation to treatment initiation) lengthened among BC patients after Japan's 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Fukushima. Factors associated with the length of postdisaster interval and whether the interval was associated with BC stage were also investigated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: So-so District (study site) was an area damaged by the 2011 disasters. Data of all BC patients who made their first medical consultation and received initial treatment at the..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Supported in part by a grant from the Toyota Foundation (D17-R-0540). The funding sponsor had no role in the design of the study; in the collection, analysis, or interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to publish the results. We express our gratitude to the staff of WH, including Kiyotaka Sawa, Yasuhito Shirose, Hiromi Suenaga, and Yumiko Kohata, and the staff of MMGH for data collection and management. We also thank Masatsugu Tanaki at MMGH for his constructive