As a Breast Cancer Survivor,
it is important for you to know everything you can about your risk of breast cancer returning and your treatment options. Women just like you have found BREAST CANCER INDEXSM to be very informative in assessing their individual recurrence risk and likelihood of benefiting from extended treatment. It will provide additional information that can help you and your doctor make a more informed treatment decision, based on the biology of your original tumor.
A discussion with your doctor and a review of your medical history can determine whether Breast Cancer Index may help you in your treatment decisions beyond year 5.
Print all the listed questions so you and your doctor can see if
BREAST CANCER INDEXSM is right for you.
Find out everything you can about your risk of cancer recurrence and plan for your anti-estrogen treatment options after year 5.
Breast Cancer Index may be right for you if you:
- Were diagnosed with early stage, estrogen receptor positive (ER+) invasive breast cancer
- You are pre- or post-menopausal and lymph node negative (LN-) or had lymph node positive (LN+; with 1-3 positive nodes at diagnosis)
- Are looking for more information to help you and your doctor decide between your different options beyond year 5
- You have (or will be) completing 5 years of initial anti-estrogen therapy
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago and was originally prescribed a five-year course of anti-estrogen. It is my understanding Biotheranostics now offers a test that was not available at that time. At five years, my oncologist explained the test and recommended that I have it to help determine whether continuing the drug for five more years was advisable. The test results showed that, in my case, the chances of the tumor I had recurring were only about 2%. Needless to say, this has given me a great feeling of relief and a very optimistic outlook for the future. On the flip side of my situation, for women who may need a ten year course that would have otherwise gone off the drug at five years, the test could literally help save their lives.
In addition, through its patient advocate team, Biotheranostics helps patients walk through the insurance paperwork maze, putting a personal face on an otherwise bureaucratic process.”
Questions to ask your oncologist
- What is my personal risk of breast cancer coming back after 5 years?
- How is my risk of breast cancer recurrence measured?
- Can the cancer be prevented from coming back? How?
- Will the medications work for me? How long will I need to take it?
- What are the side effects of the medication?
- What are the long-term health concerns or risks related to taking this medication for an extended period of time?
Questions to ask yourself
- Do I want to know my risk for breast cancer coming back after 5 years?
- Do I want to know if anti-estrogen medications are likely to help keep my cancer from recurring?
- Did I take my anti-estrogen medication as it was prescribed before?
- How bothersome were my side effects before?
- How willing am I to tolerate an additional 5 years of side effects?
- Do I have risk factors for any other conditions or complications to consider before making this decision?
Congratulations on planning the next step!