Oncotype Dx may help cancer patients avoid chemo - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/13/09

Oncotype Dx may help cancer patients avoid chemo

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Chemotherapy can be one of the biggest challenges for women diagnosed with breast cancer, but a new test is helping more women avoid chemo.  It's a relatively new test called Oncotype Dx, which examines the tumor and consider genetics, to help doctors determine if a patient will really benefit from chemo.  For Carla English, the Oncotype test came in with a low score, seven, low enough that her doctors decided she did not need chemo to treat her breast cancer.

"I burst into tears, I couldn't believe it because I was prepared to have to go through chemo.  I'm able to move on that much quicker and I've finished radiation and I feel like my life is back to normal finally," said Carla English, a breast cancer patient.

The test gives the patient a score between zero and a hundred and the lower the number, the lower the risk cancer will return.  Doctors are now hopeful they can develop similar tests, for determining the best treatment in other kids of cancer as well.  Most major insurance companie

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Chemotherapy can be one of the biggest challenges for women diagnosed with breast cancer, but a new test is helping more women avoid chemo.  It's a relatively new test called Oncotype Dx, which examines the tumor and consider genetics, to help doctors determine if a patient will really benefit from chemo.  For Carla English, the Oncotype test came in with a low score, seven, low enough that her doctors decided she did not need chemo to treat her breast cancer.

"I burst into tears; I couldn't believe it because I was prepared to have to go through chemo.  I'm able to move on, that much quicker. I've finished radiation and I feel like my life is back to normal finally," said Carla English, a breast cancer patient.

The test gives the patient a score between zero and a hundred and the lower the number is, the risk the cancer will return decreases.  Doctors are now hopeful they can develop similar tests, for determining the best treatment for other kinds of cancer as well. 

Most major insurance companies and Medicare will cover the cost of the Oncotype test.

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s and Medicare will cover the cost of the Oncotype test.

©2009 KCBD NewsChannel 11.  All rights reserved.  This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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