Table 2.

Bivariate associations between baseline variables and decision to proceed with definitive local treatment before the receipt of test results

VariableLevel% Received results before definitive local treatmentχ2 (1 df)
Age<4089
>40821.64
RaceCaucasian85
Other780.90
Education<College75
>College862.88
Marital statusUnmarried83
Married840.08
Employment status<Full time87
Full time820.87
ReligionJewish85
Non-Jewish830.08
First-degree relatives with breast cancer<282
>2881.14
Required to make a rapid treatment decisionNo92
Yes833.24
TNM stage0/I91
II/IIIa930.08
Physician recommendation for BRCA1/BRCA2 testingNo76
Yes91
Surgical recommendationUM/BCT/no record828.75*
BLM933.33
Patient definitive surgery decisionUndecided97
Decided816.23*
Time until BRCA1/2 test results were available for disclosure (d)<1488
>146711.9*
Continuous variables
Variable
Results before treatment, mean (SD)
Results after treatment, mean (SD)
t (175 df)
Quality of life (FACT-G)78.8 (14.3)82.9 (12.2)1.6
Cancer distress (IES)26.3 (14.1)23.5 (13.4)1.1
State anxiety (STAI-S)49.2 (12.6)42.5 (10.8)3.0
  • Abbreviations: df, degrees of freedom; TNM, tumor-node-metastasis stage; IES, Impact of Events Scale; STAI-S, State Anxiety Scale of the State Trait Anxiety Inventory; FACT-G, Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General.

  • * P = 0.01.

  • P < 0.05.