As with all genomic tests, the Breast Recurrence Score® test is performed on the tumor tissue that’s already been removed from your breast during your surgery or biopsy.
Once it has arrived at the Exact Sciences lab,* the tissue undergoes the genomic Breast Recurrence Score test to measure the activity of cancer-related genes that are in your tumor tissue. The activity of these genes can provide important information about how your specific tumor might behave in the future, including:
- How likely your tumor is to return
- How likely your tumor is to spread to other parts of your body
- How likely your tumor will respond to chemotherapy
Talking to your doctor about the Breast Recurrence Score test
Like other lab tests, the Breast Recurrence Score test must be ordered by a licensed healthcare provider (like your doctor). However, the decision of whether you should have the Breast Recurrence Score test is one that you and your doctor make together.
You may want to ask your doctor the following questions:
- What anatomic stage is my breast cancer, and what are the chances of my cancer coming back after surgery?
- Is my breast cancer hormone receptor-positive (HR+)?
- 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 okay 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 Breast Recurrence Score test?
- If I am a candidate for the Breast Recurrence Score test, how could we use the test results to develop my treatment plan?
- How can I get a copy of my pathology report and my Breast Recurrence Score test report?
“Someone said to me “You have to trust science. You have to trust people.” So, I followed this advice and put my trust in my doctor, who trusts the science of the Oncotype® DX test, which said I will not benefit from chemotherapy. I have to trust somebody, and I’m glad I did.”