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CTS5 and Oncotype DX

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Jun 28, 2020 | Replies (4)

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@chamisa

I cannot answer most of your questions; I will be checking back frequently to see if others do as I am interested in finding these things out myself. I am four years out from having breast cancer. I had neoadjuvant chemotherapy, then a bilateral mastectomy (my choice, I didn’t want to only have the affected breast removed), then radiation therapy. I have been on anastrozole for four years now ( I do have some side effects but they are not debilitating). I just had a checkup and my medical oncologist says we will do this test in six months to see if I should continue with the anastrozole for another five years. She said they test the actual tissue from my tumor which evidently was saved from my surgery.

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@chamisa
I was a pathology secretary years ago. Upon surgery, a sample tissue is always saved to paraffin blocks. From that, a minute sample is sliced off and placed on slides. Should further inspection be needed in the future, more slides can be made up. It's up to the facility how long they keep the blocks, but in the hospital I worked at they were kept for years.