Topic: BCI (Breast Cancer Index) in Canada

Forum: Canadians Affected by Breast Cancer — Canadian health care, clinical trials, and life in general in the north.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2022 01:24PM

Posted on: Apr 21, 2022 01:24PM

smoki wrote:

I live in Vancouver. Just finished 5 years of Tamoxifen. I recently discovered the Breast Cancer Index test (breastcancer.org Screening and Testing page has a link to some information) , which can apparently identify those who can benefit from extended (10 year) hormonal therapy. It's a genomic test (like Oncotype DX or MammaPrint).

I really want to get this test done! But the company, Biotheranostics, does not take referrals from Canadian doctors :-(

Does anyone here know if there is a way to get around this? Have you been able to get the BCI test from Canada? I'm fortunate enough to be able to pay for it if necessary, but I can't even get it ordered...

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Apr 21, 2022 02:41PM moth wrote:

I'm wondering if your best bet would be to go to Bellingham for an oncologist appointment and get them to order it? I know Canadians who have commuted for treatment in the US (like when trodelvy wasn't approved here yet). Going over the border for 1 appointment and some blood work seems like it should be simpler, kwim...


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Apr 21, 2022 06:54PM cathy67 wrote:

smoki,

Thanks for letting me know this test, I wish you can find the way to get it.

For me, when it is my time to turn at 5 years old, I would prefer continue my hormone therapy cause I don't have big side effect at least so far.

Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes

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