Talking to your doctor about the Colon Recurrence Score test
Like other lab tests, the Colon Recurrence Score test must be ordered by a licensed healthcare provider (like your doctor). However, the decision about whether you should have the Colon Recurrence Score test is one that you and your doctor make together.
Not sure how to start the conversation? The following are some questions you can ask your doctor to better understand your cancer:
- How can I get a copy of my pathology report?
- How large is my tumor? What stage is it?
- How do the cancer cells look compared to my normal cells? (This question relates to tumor grade.)
- Is my colon cancer still localized, or has it spread to my lymph nodes or other areas of my body?
- What is the mismatch repair (MMR) status?
- Is the tumor affecting the health and function ofmy bowels?
- Is there a way to tell how quickly my cancer is growing?
- What is the risk that my cancer will return after surgery?
- What can I do to help prevent the return of my cancer?
- Will I need chemotherapy? If so, what kind? What will the treatment be like?
- How do my medical history and age factor into my decision?
- How often should I get screening for recurrent cancer?
- Am I a candidate for the Colon Recurrence Score test or other diagnostic tests?
- What information can the Oncotype DX® test(s) provide regarding my treatment options?