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What if my doctor never mentions the Oncotype test? I am an early stage HER2 positive and had a bilateral mastectomy. Will my chemo will be harsh?

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  • K G Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I didnt know about it either until I started researching. I asked my oncologist why I didnt have one and he said because it is often used to see if one is going to get chemo or not. They knew I was going to, so there was no use in doing the test. Dont know if that is your case, but it was in mine. Wish you well!
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  • Mary Foti Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    I had the oncotype DX test but it is my understanding it is not used for all types of breast cancer. I believe it is used specifically for estrogen positive cancers -- I do not think it is used for HER cancers, but your oncologist would know the answer to this.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Laura Broccoli Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Because HER2 positive BC has such a high rate of recurrence without chemo, all women with HER2 positive tumours generally get chemo. The OncoType test is used to determine whether chemo should be done for borderline or lower risk cases. The results of the test are of no use for HER2 cancers.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Like Kellie, when I asked my doctor about the oncoDX test, his answer was the same..... I was slated for chemo. from the outset. I had a positive node and the size of my tumor. For you, it may have been the her2 positive finding that was the difference. Take care, Sharon
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Neither did mine chemo, radiation, amd tamoxifen. I never even knew about oncotype untill I started reading the web sites.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had the OncoDX test and did not get chemo or radiation. I would get a 2nd opinion.
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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