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What is Oncotype and should I get test for dcis?

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 8 years
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    Survivor since 2012
    Before I ever saw my oncologist after my surgery, my onc ordered the DX and the results was waiting for me on my first visit. My # was 15 and saved me from chemo with my particular cancer. :-D
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    Survivor since 2007
    The Oncotype DX test is a lab test the surgeon orders to see if the cells in your tumor are the type that have the possibility of recurrence in the future. It takes about 3 weeks to get the results after your surgery. In women with diagnosed breast cancer (I do not know if it is the same for DCIS) it gives them the chance of saving them from having to go through chemotherapy. The tumor is scored from 1 to a certain top number. 1 being no chance of recurrence. It helps women and their oncologists able to make a choice about the future and chemotherapy. A low score means NO CHEMO! Ask your oncologist about an oncotype DX test. Take care, Sharon
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  • Jacquie B Profile
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I am thrilled I had the test done!!! I was booked for chemo on Friday 9 am! Got a call Wed morning telling me my score was 10! I was thrilled and opted out of chemo. I was early stage breast cancer with a very micro scopic spot in my first node. The node was not negative or positive. It was a really tough decision but I'm sure I mad the right choice. Good luck!!!
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