Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Breast

Breast cancer test may allow certain patients to avoid chemotherapy

Category: Breast

Breast cancer test may allow patients to avoid chemoA recent multi-gene test that can predict whether early stage breast cancer patients will benefit from chemotherapy may have an effect on doctor's treatment recommendations in combating the disease.

The 21-gene test, called Oncotype, examines tumor samples and verifies how active they are. For patients with low test scores, chemotherapy can be avoided.

A study, led by Loyola University Health System Medical oncologist Shelly Lo, found that the test caused doctors to change their recommendations in nearly 32 percent of cases.

"This is the first study to show that results from this test simultaneously impact decisions by physicians as well as patients," said Lo. "We likely will see more tests similar to this one in the future."

Patients involved in the study reported that they were less conflicted about their decision whether or not to opt for chemotherapy and felt less anxiety about their situation. Doctors said that they would order the tests again in approximately 97 percent of cases.

"This test of patients' own breast cancer provides us with greater certainty of who derives benefit from chemotherapy and who can safely avoid it," said study author Kathy Albain.
ADNFCR-2248-ID-19554033-ADNFCR

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top