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Breast cancer gene test scrutinises need for chemotherapy

  • Oncotype test reveals hormone therapy alone sufficient treatment for many women

Hundreds of Irish women with breast cancer are being provided with free access to a gene test that can show whether or not they will need to be treated with invasive chemotherapy.

  • Paul Cullen
  • The Irish Times

The Oncotype test has already been made available to almost 700 women with early-stage breast cancer in Ireland, and has shown that 70 per cent in this group do not need chemotherapy.

The success of this trial has led to the test also being made available to women whose breast cancer has spread to the…

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