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Feb 18, 2020 11:11AM
My oncologist called me herself with my Oncotype results. Mine were higher than expected, which meant that she was recommending chemo whereas before she wasn't.
Most doctors want to discuss these things in person simply so that they can go over it in detail with you and what it means for you. They can also answer questions and have a dialogue with you. If you get the results outside of talking to your doctor and then have a lot of questions/anxiety about them you then have to wait to talk to the doctor (unless you can have your doctor call you outside of your visit).
I tend to be one that pushes to get my results ASAP before seeing the doctor. I have, however, been extremely lucky in my physicians. My pathology report from my breast biopsy came in on a Friday afternoon when my surgeon was in surgery all day. I called his nurse, and he came into the office after hours when surgeries were done to review it and called me that night. When my Oncotype results came in, I was several weeks away from my next Oncologist visit, she called me with the results and talked to me about her recommendation for chemo over the phone as well as answered questions.
Just remember that getting the results, without being able to have that dialogue with your doctor may cause more worries.
First Dx at 27 years old in 1999, 2nd Dx 2018, 3rd Dx 2019... Current Oncotype: 26
12/7/1999, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/15 nodes, ER+/PR+
12/22/1999 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
1/31/2000 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
2/1/2000 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
8/24/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
9/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
9/7/2018, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1
5/31/2019, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
8/5/2019 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
9/4/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
12/2/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin)
3/24/2020 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
7/16/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant