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    Oncotype DX test

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      Giraffe

      I had the Oncotype DX it was not covered by insurance. It actually breakers the numbers 1-100 into quarters the higher the number the more likely for return of BC. The lower the number the less likely for return of BC. My thought was chemo helps reduce the chances of return of BC.
      That being said, I went with chemo and radiation. Best wishes to you.

      about 4 years ago
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      YES! I did it and although I was disappointed to discover chemotherapy was strongly recommended because of my predicament, I'm so glad I did. It gave me a greater sense of comfort and confidence in my path of treatment because I was seeing how it compared to those of other BC women. I strongly recommend it.

      about 4 years ago
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      Roadrunner

      I was at my oncologist just this last Tuesday and they are sending my tumor off to another lab to run the Oncotype test to see if I should have chemo or not. My breast cancer was caught early. I had a double mastectomy with direct to implant eight weeks ago. Ask your doctor how much it will decrease your chances of getting cancer again. If I do chemo it will only decrease my chance by about 3 to 4 percent. I'm sitting on the fence until the test is back. Knowledge is power and that is why I wanted the test run.

      about 4 years ago
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