Oncotype DX Colon Recurrence Score® results

What to expect

Your results will be available to your doctor about 2 weeks after your tumor sample arrives at the Exact Sciences lab.* Your Recurrence Score® result shows how likely your cancer is to return in 3 years for stage II patients and 5 years for stage IIIA/B patients. You and your doctor can discuss the score (along with supporting information provided) and how it may affect your treatment choices.

Understanding your Colon Recurrence Score® results

Your Colon Recurrence Score results appear in a report that gets sent to your doctor. The report provides your individualized Recurrence Score result as a number between 0 and 100. A low score means there is a lower chance that the cancer will return, and a high score means there is a higher chance for a recurrence.

Distribution of Recurrence Score Results (0-100)

Low High
A lower Recurrence Score result means:
your cancer is less likely to come back
A higher Recurrence Score result means:
your cancer is more likely to come back

You and your doctor can use this information to help plan your treatment options together. It’s important to understand that a low Recurrence Score result does not mean there is no chance your colon cancer will return. And a high Recurrence Score result does not mean your colon cancer will definitely return. So, your treatment decisions still depend on your unique situation and personal preferences.

For stage II patients

Patients with stage ll colon cancer who have a higher Recurrence Score result (indicating a higher risk) may benefit more from chemotherapy than those who have a lower score.

For stage lll A/B patients

Patients with stage lll A/B colon cancer who have a lower Recurrence Score result may benefit less from certain drugs added to chemotherapy than those who have a lower score.

$0 financial responsibility for Colon Recurrence Score test when Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) coverage criteria are met

Medicare Advantage, which is provided by commercial insurance companies, may have different financial responsibility compared to Medicare FFS.