Posted on: May 31, 2012 10:21 AM
I had a mid score on my OncoDX. My Medical Oncologist placed the decision to do Chemo or not back on me - a rough decision to make. So, after a little research I found that the Mammoprint test helped to sort people "who fell in the mid-zone". I requested this test from my Medical Oncologist and it delivered. This test was covered by my insurance company and was recently (Jan 2012) approved by the FDA to be done on preserved (not fresh) tissue. I encourage those of you who are falling in the mid-range of the OncoDX test to research the mammoprint test and ask your doctor about this option. Doctors are not used to ordering this test, be patient with them as they figure out the "how to's" . - my State's lab actually had to apply for licensure to run this test (so results took longer then expected). Many people get sorted into the low risk category after taking this test (peace) - those who don't know they are making the right choice by doing Chemotherapy (also peace). I wish you all well in your journey- hope by sharing this information I encourage you to research and ask questions - better to do it right then to do it fast. Take a few extra days/weeks to do your homework & don't let fear control you, use your power!Log in to post a reply
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May 31, 2012 03:50 PM riverhorse wrote:
So interesting. I had the Mammaprint first -- came back low risk, but -- and this is a big but --"borderline" So I had the Oncotype, came back 25 intermediate. I guess the two tests were consistent, but really didn't help me. And of course that was another 8K for my insurance company for two tests. The adjuvant on-line reached the same conclusions regarding distant recurrance risk at no charge.
After much agonizing and a second opinion I was left to my own devices to make the decision. This is one of the many things that is so maddening about BC -- since no one can really tell you what will work, the patient is left to make decisions that with other maladies would be made by the physician. This approach kind of relieves the physician of responsibility for poor outcomes. As my onc said in discussing my situation, "Its all a crap shoot anyway." I did not have chemo.