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What do the scores mean in an Oncotype DX if you have carcinoma in situ (DCIS)?

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If you’ve been diagnosed with carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the results are called a DCIS score, and the numbers are different. Here's what they mean:

  • A score of 38 or lower means you have a low risk of cancer returning, and the risks of radiation treatments outweigh any benefits for you.
  • A score between 39-54 means you’re at medium risk and it’s unclear if radiation will help.
  • A score greater than 54 means you’re at high risk of the cancer coming back. You’ll likely benefit most from radiation therapy.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed?"

Breastcancer.org: "Oncotype DX Test."

National Cancer Institute: "Tumor Markers."

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed?"

Breastcancer.org: "Oncotype DX Test."

National Cancer Institute: "Tumor Markers."

MedlinePlus: “Tamoxifen.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 17, 2017

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