Engaging Your Doctor
It is important to ask your doctor about using breast cancer recurrence diagnostic testing to determine your likelihood of recurrence during the initial stages of diagnosis. The decision to request a recurrence diagnostic test must be made prior to surgery or treatment, allowing for the coordination of tissue sampling and submission for the test.
These tests are fairly new, having been first developed in 2002. Your doctor may not be aware that these tests can be done, or may not choose to have the test as part of the normal protocol of diagnosis for patients. Having a discussion with your doctor about breast cancer recurrence diagnostic testing in the beginning will give you better insight into your risks for reccurrence and what therapeutic decisions are needed to determine the best care for your situation.
Based on the results of your breast cancer recurrence diagnostic test, your doctor will establish the best course of treatment. After you receive the results of your tests, work with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for you.
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