Table 1

Characteristics and length of stay of breast cancer patients between 1997/98 and 2004/05 by surgery group

Variable

Group

All

1997/98

1998/99

1999/00

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05


No. patients

Mastectomy

24,734

2,309

2,905

3,102

3,104

3,192

3,291

3,399

3,432

BCS

20,143

1,646

2,170

2,333

2,391

2,588

2,803

3,077

3,135

All surgical

44,877

3,955

5,075

5,435

5,495

5,780

6,094

6,476

6,567

% patients

Mastectomy

55.1

58.4

57.2

57.1

56.5

55.2

54.0

52.5

52.3

BCS

44.9

41.6

42.8

42.9

43.5

44.8

46.0

47.5

47.7

Average age (years)

Mastectomy

60.7

60.4

60.0

60.4

60.4

61.1

60.8

61.6

60.9

BCS

58.8

59.1

58.3

58.3

58.2

58.5

59.0

59.2

59.2

Stage I (%)

Mastectomy

25.3

19.3

24.6

25.7

26.0

26.0

25.8

25.7

27.6

BCS

53.3

41.3

53.5

51.8

54.4

53.7

54.8

55.0

56.7

Stage II (%)

Mastectomy

53.7

39.1

55.7

54.7

55.6

55.8

54.1

55.3

55.3

BCS

38.0

32.3

38.0

40.3

38.8

39.1

37.6

38.1

37.9

Stage III (%)

Mastectomy

11.3

9.2

11.2

11.6

10.2

11.0

12.4

12.5

11.7

BCS

2.0

1.9

2.0

2.3

1.8

2.0

2.1

1.9

1.7

Stage IV (%)

Mastectomy

1.7

1.4

1.2

1.6

1.7

2.1

1.8

1.8

1.5

BCS

0.7

0.4

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.7

0.8

0.8

0.3

Stage missing (%)

Mastectomy

8.0

31.1

7.2

6.4

6.5

5.1

5.9

4.7

3.9

BCS

6.0

24.2

5.5

4.7

4.1

4.5

4.6

4.3

3.4

Charlson 0 (%)

Mastectomy

66.3

75.6

71.0

68.0

67.3

64.8

63.5

63.2

60.8

BCS

78.8

84.6

81.6

80.8

80.2

79.5

77.2

75.7

75.2

Charlson 1-3 (%)

Mastectomy

6.8

4.5

5.7

6.7

6.7

6.4

6.9

7.9

9.0

BCS

6.5

4.1

5.3

5.8

6.1

5.4

6.4

7.3

9.0

Charlson 4+ (%)

Mastectomy

26.8

19.9

23.3

25.3

26.0

28.7

29.5

28.9

30.2

BCS

14.8

11.2

13.1

13.4

13.8

15.1

16.5

17.1

15.8

Lymph node excision (%)

Mastectomy

88.7

78.9

84.6

87.6

87.6

89.2

91.4

92.7

94.1

BCS

87.5

77.4

82.5

84.0

85.2

89.1

90.1

91.7

92.7

Reconstructive/plastic surgery (%)

Mastectomy

15.1

11.8

13.4

15.3

14.9

15.8

16.9

15.7

15.8

BCS

2.8

1.5

2.5

2.8

3.0

3.1

2.6

2.8

3.3

Median length of stay (days)

Mastectomy

5

6

6

6

5

5

5

5

5

BCS

3

3

3

4

4

3

3

3

3


Downing et al. BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:202   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-202

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