Thank you! It's good to know it gets easier. I had a real wobble this morning, but nothing that a trip to the zoo and ice cream didn't fix x
Hi Caroline, I had the Oncotype test done a couple of years ago.
As some of the others have said, its for er+, her2-, node negative stage 1, size wise I think its a tumour less than 2cm. My result came back at 28 which was high end of intermediate, but it also came back as er- which was odd as pathology reported I was er+, therefore pathology at The Marsden retested the er status and it was definately strongly positive. The false negative result may therefore have raised my score. Anyway, I didn't have chemo, just radiotherapy. Waiting for the oncotyoe result was my low point in the whole journey - not knowing whats going to happen and feeling constantly in limbo was really hard to cope with. I'm usually a very positive person but it just floored me.
I'm now two and a half years on and whilst I do still think about it, it's not nearly as often as it was in those early days.
I hope it all goes well for you xx
I think we've all had times when everything has just gone round & round in our heads.
This is the link HERE about the DX test on the bcc main site. It's usually for those with stage 1 or 2, node negative, er+ bc, although there can be exceptions & as Loo says, the Oncologist may order the test, as they are the ones dealing with the chemo/radiotherapy side of things. Hopefully, one of the other ladies who've had the test will be along to advise.
It can help in the early days to take it all a stage at a time & try not to get into the 'what ifs' beyond the next appointment. The issue on follow-up can be dealt with later, when you're through treatment.
My surgeon referred me to an oncologist to discuss Oncotype Dx test. I think the test can only be ordered by an oncologist and not a surgeon. I understand the criteria are that your tumour is invasive, ER positive, HER negative and lymph nodes negative. Not sure about age criteria though. Hope that helps?