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  • Sharon Hull Profile

    What is octotype cancer

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Oncotype DX is a special genetic test. The lab where your specimen is sends a piece of the tumor to a place in California where they conduct several genetic tests on it to determine more of its makeup, if chemo. is needed, reoccurance rate, etc. The score ranges from 0-100 and depending on the...

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      Oncotype DX is a special genetic test. The lab where your specimen is sends a piece of the tumor to a place in California where they conduct several genetic tests on it to determine more of its makeup, if chemo. is needed, reoccurance rate, etc. The score ranges from 0-100 and depending on the number your onc. can tell you if chemo. is needed or not. Ask if they have a phamlet on it as my oncology clinic did and it was very useful. I believe your tumor has to be low grade and not in the lymph nodes to fit their patterns for testing as I recall. You can google Oncotype DX test and should get some info. that way, too.

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Oncotype DX tests help to determine if chemo would be beneficial in a breast cancer patient's specific case. many test are done on a portion of the tumor removed by the breast surgeon. And an onco score is assigned based specifically on the persons own cancer cells.

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  • Mary Cordle Profile

    I have stage one of breast cancer in both breasts. My surgery was DEC 31. why am I just now getting radiation started Mar 2. My dr first told me I needed 3 weeks of radation but my other one says 6. Why??

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 3 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My radiation started 2 months after surgery & I had 6 weeks of treatment. Your incisions have to heal before radiation can begin

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your body does need time to heal from one procedure to the next. As to the 3 vs 6 weeks you should be sitting down and talking with both doctors and see why the difference and if need be seek a 3rd opinion.

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  • patty pat Profile

    What is a grade 3 tumor?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 4 answers
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    • Coco Smith Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      This depends on whether your laboratory is reporting using the English/Australian system often called the Nottingham Index or Bloom and Richardson VERSUS the American system.

      You did not say which country you were posting from.

      The answer above is correct for US and US based tumour rating...

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      This depends on whether your laboratory is reporting using the English/Australian system often called the Nottingham Index or Bloom and Richardson VERSUS the American system.

      You did not say which country you were posting from.

      The answer above is correct for US and US based tumour rating systems BUT in the Nottingham Index used in UK, Australia etc a Grade 3 means three individual scores of 1 [lowest risk] added together equals 3. Which under that system is the LOWEST score or the least aggressive form of cancer, not the more aggressive.

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    • sandy glisman Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I believe the grade is for agressiveness. 1. is mild, 2. moderate and 3. very agressive.

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    is it possible to get breast cancer at 14?

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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is very rare for a fourteen year old to get breast cancer, however, if there is a lump or something unusual happening, I would strongly suggest talking to your mom and going to the doctor to get it checked out. Best of luck to you!

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Sweetie, it's SO unlikely for someone your age to get breast cancer! The odds are so very small they're almost zero. Your breasts are still growing and sometimes they get lumpy-bumpy. Sometimes, right around your period, your breasts will feel different. They might be a little sore and you...

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      Sweetie, it's SO unlikely for someone your age to get breast cancer! The odds are so very small they're almost zero. Your breasts are still growing and sometimes they get lumpy-bumpy. Sometimes, right around your period, your breasts will feel different. They might be a little sore and you might feel something that wasn't there a week ago. Most often it goes away after your period.

      Even with all that, though, you need to tell your Mom or an older woman you are close to, and ask them to take you do a doctor to get it checked out. It's the best, safest, smartest thing to do.

      Let us know how it goes!

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