Despite its acceptance as standard of care for early stage breast cancer almost 25 years ago, barriers still exist that preclude patients from receiving breast conserving therapy (BCT)--with some still opting for a mastectomy, according to a large-scale retrospective analysis.

The study from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, presented at the recent 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium, finds barriers that still exist are socio-economic, rather than medically-influenced.

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