Questions to Ask Your Doctor About the Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Test

The Oncotype DX breast cancer test is a genomic test that may help guide treatment decisions for patients with non-invasive breast cancer, often referred to as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), and help early-stage invasive breast cancer patients with estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) disease evaluate if they will benefit from chemotherapy. The decision whether or not to order the Oncotype DX test is one that you and your doctor should make together.

DCIS DiscussionDownload and Print the Doctor Discussion Guide for DCIS Breast Cancer for a list of questions to help you discuss the Oncotype DX test with your doctor.

 

 

Invasive DiscussionDownload and Print the Doctor Discussion Guide for Early Stage Invasive Breast Cancer for a list of questions to help you discuss the Oncotype DX test with your doctor.





Questions for Patients with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) Stage 0 Breast Cancer

  • I understand that my breast cancer is non-invasive DCIS (stage 0). What are the chances of my cancer coming back after surgery as DCIS or invasive breast cancer?

  • Is my breast cancer hormone receptor positive (ER+ or PR+)?

  • What are my treatment options? What do you suggest for me and why?

  • What are the benefits of each treatment option? What are the drawbacks/side effects of each one?

  • How long do side effects of each treatment option last? Do they go away once treatment is complete?

  • Is it OK to wait a few weeks to consider my treatment plan options before I have to make a decision about treatment?

  • Am I a candidate for the Oncotype DX test?

  • If I am a candidate for Oncotype DX, how could we use the test results to develop my treatment plan?

  • How can I get a copy of my pathology report and my Oncotype DX results (if I’m eligible for the test)?

Download and Print the Doctor Discussion Guide for DCIS Breast Cancer


Questions for Patients With Early-Stage Invasive Breast Cancer (Stage I-IIIa)

  • What stage is my breast cancer and what are the chances of my cancer coming back after surgery?

  • Is my breast cancer hormone receptor positive (ER+ or PR+)?

  • What are my treatment options? What do you suggest for me and why?

  • What are the benefits of each treatment option? What are the drawbacks/side effects of each one?

  • How long do side effects of each treatment option last? Do they go away once treatment is complete?

  • Is it OK to wait a few weeks to consider my treatment plan options before I have to make a decision about treatment?

  • Am I a candidate for the Oncotype DX test?

  • If I am a candidate for Oncotype DX, how could we use the test results to develop my treatment plan?

  • How can I get a copy of my pathology report and my Oncotype DX results (if I’m eligible for the test)?

Download and Print the Doctor Discussion Guide for Early Stage Invasive Breast Cancer