• Can anyone tell me what and why an onco test is done

    Asked by Edwina on Sunday, July 26, 2015

    Can anyone tell me what and why an onco test is done

    I am post Lumpectomy and had first visit with Ongologist who has ordered this test on me.

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    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      Oncotype test helps to determine the chance of a recurrence. See: http://www.oncotypedx.com/

      about 6 years ago
    • Judytjab's Avatar
      Judytjab

      It also will determine whether or not chemotherapy will benefit you. They score you 1-100. If you're in the low range (1-18) you won't need it, in the high range (31-100) you will benefit from chemo. Wishing you a low score!

      about 6 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar
      ChildOfGod4570

      It does both, determine your likelihood for recurrance and whether or not you'd benefit from chemo. The lower the score, the better off you are. HUGS and God bless.

      about 6 years ago
    • Jouska's Avatar
      Jouska

      You need to be ER+, but not HER2+, so according to your profile, your oncologist is on track. It is good that there is this test which can possibly spare you from chemo. Good luck! The link id_105 provided is very informative!

      about 6 years ago
    • MyahsMom's Avatar
      MyahsMom

      It seems your question has been ably answered by all of the above so I'll just sign out and say do the onco test. It will put your mind at ease to a certain degree.

      about 6 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar
      mofields

      I agree with all the above - why do any kind of treatment that is not necessary or won't help your diagnosis. It is a very reputable test and I don't know about any of the above, but I did not have to pay anything for the test as I was considerably under the income level for payment.

      about 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar
      Kathy1

      The test will determine the chances of cancer returning and the potential need for chemo. There is a site and I wish I could remember the site but it explains the test scores at each level with the corresponding need for chemo. Best of everything!!!

      about 6 years ago
    • dianalynn's Avatar
      dianalynn

      I scored an 11 which met I would not benefit from chemo. I don't know if it actually confirms any likelihood of recurrence. I was diagnosed as stage 4 a year later.

      about 6 years ago
    • Lorie's Avatar
      Lorie

      Dianalynn
      Wow. Sorry you have to go through this.You have to wonder if one of the test was done incorrectly. Were u Her2 neg and pr and er positive? Did you have radiation? Were you taking a hormone inhibitor?

      about 6 years ago
    • dianalynn's Avatar
      dianalynn

      I am er positive. I did have radiation following. I do think it was done correctly. I'd still recommend the test for the chemo effectiveness!

      about 6 years ago
    • Lorie's Avatar
      Lorie

      Well I think it's a good idea to.I'm assuming you did not have chemo after year 11 score.

      about 6 years ago
    • dianalynn's Avatar
      dianalynn

      No I did not, and I have no regrets. I've been stage IV for three years now and still doing well. And still have never done IV chemo! I'm on an oral chemo and while I have mets to my bones, I haven't had much progression.

      about 6 years ago
    • Judytjab's Avatar
      Judytjab

      Dianalyn, did you have lymph node involvement in your original diagnosis? I had an Oncodx score of 11 also but with no node involvement. This worries me. I feel so bad for for you to go through this AGAIN! Do you have a family history? Was your cancer IDC? Big hugs to you.

      about 6 years ago
    • dianalynn's Avatar
      dianalynn

      Yes, I did have nodes removed at the initial diagnosis. My mother was diagnosed five yrs before me. However, she's her2 positive. Neither of us carry the gene. It's hard to say why I ended up stage IV a year later. I used to beat myself up trying to figure I out. I've made healthy changes to my life. Less stress, better foods, yoga. I'm doing pretty well! :)

      about 6 years ago
    • Judytjab's Avatar
      Judytjab

      It's all such a puzzle. My mother also had breast cancer but she was only 45 when she was diagnosed. I was 67. Im so glad you're doing well and have such a good attitude. It will help you in the long run.

      about 6 years ago
    • jem1332's Avatar
      jem1332

      I had lymph surgery & radiation for stage 1, neg nodes, er/pr+ and taking an AI drug . I never knew why I didn't have the oncotype test. Now 3 years later, I have microcalcifications and might face more treatment(s). I figured the odds were on my side, but it's unsetting to know that every mammogram can cause another scare. It's amazing that medically so much can be done. Good luck

      about 6 years ago
    • Jesse0218's Avatar
      Jesse0218

      My oncologist did the Onco DX because I freaked out so badly over losing my hair. Couldn't deal with that at all. So, she said normally she'd just do chemo anyway but she would do the Onco DX. If it came back low risk, I didn't have to do chemo. If it was med or high risk, I'd have to do it. At the same time the radiation oncologist was telling me I had a 20% chance it would come back without radiation. If I did radiation, it dropped to 6%. The Onco said I had a 16% chance it would come back if I did nothing. The risk dropped with Tamoxifen. I asked why they were telling me different percentages. She explained that the Onco DX was systemic. What the radiation oncologist was telling me with the 20% was localized.

      about 6 years ago
    • marybeth's Avatar
      marybeth

      One of the potentially difficult things with the OncoDX test is when your score is in the middle. I was 26 and had a few other somewhat negative things like the cancer being a slightly more aggressive form, so my Onco recommended that I do chemo. I was hard but I'm glad I can now feel as if I've done everything within my own range of power to forestall a reoccurrence. Don't know if you will be presented with such a choice. I hope your score is low, low, low.

      about 6 years ago
    • Roadrunner's Avatar
      Roadrunner

      @dianalynn.......I have all my test results in a notebook and they are downstairs, however, IF I remember correctly my score was 13 and I was told it meant that chemo would increase my chances of not having a reoccurance by 8%. For the side effects of chemo I didn't think it was worth the risk. I did have radiation. My test cost $5000.00 and they took my insurance payment as payment in full. Good luck with your test and we all hope for a low low score for you.

      almost 6 years ago

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