Stage 0 - DCIS

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Amy's Story

"It was life altering for me. Everyone should have the knowledge and ability to ask their doctor if Oncotype DX is right for them. We have a right to decide what breast cancer treatment is right for us. Don’t be afraid to be your own advocate."

With her mother diagnosed with breast cancer four years earlier, Amy was determined to receive a mammogram to ensure everything was okay. Following her self-requested mammogram, Amy’s doctor discovered a small tumor that was confined to the milk ducts, known as Ductal Carcinoma in Situ, or DCIS. Amy, a radiology technician, was familiar with Oncotype DX test for invasive breast cancer and she had seen the test help personalize treatment decisions for her patients facing invasive disease. Amy was now grappling with a difficult decision of her own. Her doctors could not decide whether or not she would benefit from radiation.

"It was life altering for me."

Amy and her medical team determined it was best for her to utilize the Oncotype DX DCIS test to help everyone understand her particular case better. Upon receiving her test results, Amy was so relieved to find out that her likelihood of any tumor recurrence was very low. 

"It was life altering for me. Everyone should have the knowledge and ability to ask their doctor if Oncotype DX is right for them. We have a right to decide what breast cancer treatment is right for us. Don’t be afraid to be your own advocate."

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Jen's Story

"For me the Oncotype DX DCIS test was a key piece of evidence, which confirmed my decision to have a double-mastectomy. I want every patient to have access to this test and the peace of mind that comes with it."

Throughout her Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) treatment journey, Jen was lucky to have support from her Yale Women’s Crew teammates, and her close friends and family – whom she credits for introducing her to the Oncotype DX DCIS test. Upon sharing her DCIS diagnosis with her family, one of her relatives, a pathologist at John Hopkins, suggested she speak to her doctor about Oncotype DX test for DCIS patients, as he felt it would be an important data point as she considered treatment options, and her doctors agreed.

"The Oncotype DX DCIS test was a CRITICAL piece of data that helped keep me moving forward in my own process. Being given personalized information specific to my tumor allowed me to move ahead confidently."

“For me the Oncotype DX DCIS test was a key piece of evidence, which confirmed my decision to have a double-mastectomy.”

A busy mother of two and active community volunteer, Jen is passionate about making other patients aware of the Oncotype DX DCIS test, so that they too can base their treatment decisions on the underlying biology of their individual tumors.

"For me the Oncotype DX DCIS test was a key piece of evidence, which confirmed my decision to have a double-mastectomy. I want every patient to have access to this test and the peace of mind that comes with it."

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Carol's Story

“The test ultimately empowered me to make the best treatment decision for my cancer.”

Carol, an oncology nurse and grandmother was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) or stage 0 breast cancer in 2012. Knowing that she did not want to undergo radiation treatment unless it was confirmed that this treatment was warranted based on her risks of recurrent disease, Carol discussed her treatment options with her surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist, and it was determined there was only one way to proceed. The Oncotype DX test for DCIS. She, along with her group of doctors, knew that Oncotype DX would help determine her individual need for radiation. The test would also help her understand her risk of recurrence. The results came in and confirmed that Carol could substantially reduce her risk of future recurrence from radiation treatments, which she proceeded to do.

“The test ultimately empowered me to make the best treatment decision for my cancer.”

"Throughout my treatment journey, most important were my physicians, who were aware of the value that the Oncotype DX test could provide, my friends, my peers, and most of all, my family. The test ultimately empowered me to make the best treatment decision for my cancer."

Carol is happy to have received personalized care, and she understands that she made the right decision for her and the people she loves. Throughout her treatment, Carol was able to continue to work part-time as an Oncology Nurse and felt like she could fully relate to her patients after her own experience with DCIS.

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