Tumour profiling tests can help you and your doctor decide whether to have chemotherapy after breast surgery.

What is tumour profiling?

Tumour profiling tests can help you and your doctor make a more informed decision about having chemotherapy after breast cancer.

These tests look at samples of the tumour to find how active certain genes (not inherited genes) are in the cancer cells. The results help give information about the chances of the cancer coming back.

If the results show a low risk of the cancer coming back, it means you may not need chemotherapy.

Your cancer doctor or specialist nurse can tell you more about this.

Your cancer doctor may suggest having tumour profiling tests if you have breast cancer that:

Types of tumour profiling tests

There are different tumour profiling tests. You are likely to have Oncotype DX, EndoPredict or Prosigna if you are having treatment on the NHS. Your cancer doctor or specialist nurse can tell you more about this.

Some tumour profiling tests are available privately or are covered by private health insurance companies.

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