No two breast cancers are the same. Because every tumor is unique, it’s important to learn all you ca
n about the biology of your breast cancer. An innovative type of tumor test, called genomic testing, now gives your doctors a detailed profile of your specific tumor type. Armed with that information, you and your doctor can identify the right breast cancer treatment choices that will help prevent your cancer from coming back.
You’ll find on this website the information you need to take advantage of genomic testing – plus how to connect with other women who are facing the same kinds of choices.
What does this test mean for me?
You will learn whether your cancer has a small chance or a higher chance of coming back. This information helps you and your doctor decide about chemotherapy or other forms of treatment. Genomic testing -- which is done on tissue that was collected during your surgery – can eliminate a lot of the anxiety and uncertainty that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis. It means your decisions can be based on the biology of your specific tumor.
This testing provides information that can help your physician identify the right treatment options for your tumor, minimizing the chance of your cancer returning. (Read about this in more depth in the Personalized Medicine section.)
If there's a low chance of your cancer recurring, you and your doctor may decide not to pursue chemotherapy. If there’s a higher risk of recurrence, genomic testing can more precisely identify the nature of the cancer – and what treatments will be most effective.
Either way, you can proceed knowing that you’ve made the most informed decision.
MD, Breast Surgeon,
Los Angeles, CA