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Nancy S.

The head of the breast surgery department recommended the Oncotype DX breast cancer test.

“I've always been in good shape, ate the right foods, and never smoked. My breast cancer diagnosis was a real shock to all of us.”

With no family history of breast cancer, Nancy was shocked to discover a lump in her breast during self-examination. She saw her family doctor, who recommended further testing. She then reached out to her daughter and son in law, who are both doctors for advice and their referral for a Cancer Clinic. "I've always been in good shape, ate the right foods, and never smoked. My breast cancer diagnosis was a real shock to all of us.” Following her diagnosis and surgery, the head of the breast surgery department recommended the Oncotype DX breast cancer test and explained how it could help assess her individual risk of breast cancer recurrence and provide a score that would determine her relative chemotherapy benefit. Nancy and her husband were excited to have access to a tool like Oncotype DX, as they had supported friends as they had battled the side effects of chemo and felt strongly that any follow up treatment would need to be based on Nancy’s individual recurrence risk. While Nancy’s family and friends urged her to move forward with chemo, her Oncotype DX Recurrence Score came back in the low range, meaning she would not benefit - or need - chemotherapy. "While being diagnosed with breast cancer was a tough blow, I feel lucky that it was early-stage. Receiving my low Recurrence Score was the good news I needed to confirm my personal treatment decision.

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Name: Nancy S.
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