I paid for the test which I think is worth every penny. You don't want to go through chemo if you don't have to & the benefit of chemo isn't great, about 3% benefit in my case. There are certain criteria you need to fulfill. Your tumour needs to have been invasive & oestrogen receptor positive (ER+), lymph node negative (LN−) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2−), early breast cancer. This is the company which does it: http://www.genomichealth.com/en-US/OncotypeDX.aspx#.U9PBvvldUpg It is funding dependent on each NHS trust. They offer 'freebies' to oncologists. Ask your onc if they've any left or if they haven't had any ask them to ask. The hospital arrange everything & send your tumour to the US. Fairly quick results, under 2 wks in my case. They don't invoice you till a few weeks after & when we phoned up to pay (was in Switzerland finance dept) they offered us instalments but gave us discount when said we'd pay in one go (by credit card). My onc made me make my mind up beforehand as to what I would do with the outcome. He is a cancer survivor himself & didn't recommend chemo but did offer it. I decided I would only have chemo if my result came back in the 'high' (low, intermediate & high categories) risk of recurrance. It came back just into the intermediate. So I didn't have it. My mind was put at rest by this rather than wondering 'what if'. Reading on this forum someone else with a lower score than mine chose to have chemo. You need to make up your mind first & be happy with your decision. No good paying for the test & then going ahead with chemo anyway. I was diagnosed this time last yr. I had op & radiotherapy. My tumour was early but the most invasive & the most oestrogen +. As well as all the check ups I've just had my first mammogram & result is satisfactory (assume that means clear of cancer at mo). I have suffered from everything inc 2 lots of shingles after radiotherapy but I am a carer for my mother who has dementia so think this has troubled me more on top of radiotherapy. Would not have liked to have gone through chemo too. Hope this helps.
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