Tanja lives in Germany and describes herself as a very happy person. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2015, many thoughts rushed through her head. She was concerned about the danger of the cancer itself, but maybe even more so about the various treatments and operations she was sure to face. Tanja has a fear of needles and was afraid to learn about the path forward. The day she was diagnosed, the then 41-year-old from Rhineland learned about the Oncotype DX test. She was excited to hear that if her Oncotype DX Breast Recurrence Score was within a certain range, she could be safely spared chemotherapy, without reducing her chances of a full recovery. Tanja decided to use Oncotype.
“Based on the results, my doctor advised me against chemotherapy.” This gave Tanja peace of mind and the confidence to “definitely” recommend the test to other eligible patients. “Thanks to the test, I was spared bad side effects, in particular, I was able to keep my hair. That was very important to me.”
Tanja now shares her story wherever she can and met another patient online, who unfortunately wasn’t able to avoid chemotherapy. “I wanted to talk to other patients. Coincidentally, I met a breast cancer patient from my neighborhood. We are now good friends. She is treated with chemotherapy and unfortunately suffers a lot from the side effects.”
Tanja has kept her positive attitude and curiosity throughout this journey, and she is looking forward to traveling once she finishes her rehab. She proudly affirms, “I will get my life back.”
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