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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About the Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Test

The Oncotype DX breast cancer test is a genomic test that may help guide treatment decisions for patients with non-invasive breast cancer, often referred to as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), and help early-stage invasive breast cancer patients with estrogen receptor -positive (ER+) disease evaluate if they will benefit from chemotherapy. The decision whether or not to order the Oncotype DX test is one that you and your doctor should make together.

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Questions for Patients with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) Stage 0 Breast Cancer

  • I understand that my breast cancer is non-invasive DCIS (stage 0). What are the chances of my cancer coming back after surgery as DCIS or invasive breast cancer?
  • Is my breast cancer hormone receptor positive (ER+ or PR+)?
  • What are my treatment options? What do you suggest for me and why?
  • What are the benefits of each treatment option? What are the drawbacks/side effects of each one?
  • How long do side effects of each treatment option last? Do they go away once treatment is complete?
  • Is it OK to wait a few weeks to consider my treatment plan options before I have to make a decision about treatment?
  • Am I a candidate for the Oncotype DX test?
  • If I am a candidate for Oncotype DX, how could we use the test results to develop my treatment plan?
  • How can I get a copy of my pathology report and my Oncotype DX results (if I’m eligible for the test)?
  • Questions for Patients With Early-Stage Invasive Breast Cancer (Stage I-IIIa)

    • What stage is my breast cancer and what are the chances of my cancer coming back after surgery?
  • Is my breast cancer hormone receptor positive (ER+ or PR+)?
  • What are my treatment options? What do you suggest for me and why?
  • What are the benefits of each treatment option? What are the drawbacks/side effects of each one?
  • How long do side effects of each treatment option last? Do they go away once treatment is complete?
  • Is it OK to wait a few weeks to consider my treatment plan options before I have to make a decision about treatment?
  • Am I a candidate for the Oncotype DX test?
  • If I am a candidate for Oncotype DX, how could we use the test results to develop my treatment plan?
  • How can I get a copy of my pathology report and my Oncotype DX results (if I’m eligible for the test)?

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