• Oncotype or Mammaprint tests

    Asked by jacknsantafe on Monday, May 1, 2017

    Oncotype or Mammaprint tests

    Has anyone had an experience with either of these tests?

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • pattic0803's Avatar
      pattic0803

      i had the oncotype test. it took a few weeks for the results to come back, which told me that i would benefit from chemo. it's expensive, but if your insurance will pay for it (i was lucky and mine did), i think it's a valuable test to help you decide on your treatment plan.

      over 3 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar
      debsweb18

      I had the oncotype test and it saved me fr om having chemo.

      over 3 years ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      Get every test you can. Keep a log of thoughts / questions so when you see doctors/ specialists you remember to ask. Do not let them rush you. Be secure in your journey choice.

      over 3 years ago
    • Judytjab's Avatar
      Judytjab

      I also had the Oncodx test. It is expensive but medicare paid for it. It let me know that I was at low risk for reoccurrence and didn't need chemo.

      over 3 years ago
    • ShortCuts' Avatar
      ShortCuts

      I had never even heard about that test when I was first diagnosed in 2010. My oncologist at the time never even mentioned it.

      over 3 years ago
    • sheri56's Avatar
      sheri56

      I had an oncotype test when I was diagnosed in 2010. Insurance did not cover it but the company who did the test covered the cost. My oncologist said "i bet you will end up in the gray area" (result would not not clearly indicate whether or not chemo would be helpful), sure enough that is what happened. I went ahead and had chemo. I wanted to do everything I could to get that nasty disease out of my body! Wishing you all the best on your journey to good health!

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      These tests concern me.. they are expensive and it has not been long enough to see if they are actually accurate. My onc has seen what appeared to be low risk in onctype and have recurrence. The thing that is not taken into consideration with these tests is environment, health habits and why did you get it in the first place if low risk? Also, the heredity factor is unclear. I decided to to the conventional chemo and rads until there is more evidence but I held up on axillary node surgery since I saw no clinical evidence that removing all those nodes would extend life, I had 2 sentinel nodes light up and and only the first was infected, it had not moved to the next.

      over 3 years ago
    • HNMom's Avatar
      HNMom

      I had the oncotype test and it helped my team determine that chemotherapy had a greater risk for serious complications than it did for helping with my treatment.

      over 3 years ago
    • Marinace's Avatar
      Marinace

      I had the Oncotype & felt it helped me make a more educated decision about my treatment plan. My insurance paid for it, but the Doctor informed me that even if they didn't, the Hospital would pick up the cost, because it offers them such valuable information.

      over 3 years ago
    • Jesse0218's Avatar
      Jesse0218

      I had the Oncotype DX too. It showed I had a low risk of the cancer coming back, which was very good for me since I didn't want chemo.
      My insurance did pay the cost of it.

      over 3 years ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      No one mentioned having the Mammaprint test. Could someone explain what that is? Thanks.

      over 3 years ago
    • 2943's Avatar
      2943

      Remember that some do not have these run as they are HER+. We each have our own plus and minus formula to deal with.

      over 3 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar
      mofields

      Never had the Mammaprint, but did have Oncotype.

      over 3 years ago

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