Racial disparities in omission of oncotype DX but no racial disparities in chemotherapy receipt following completed oncotype DX test results

Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Feb;168(1):207-220. doi: 10.1007/s10549-017-4587-8. Epub 2017 Nov 27.


Purpose: To examine racial/ethnic disparities in Oncotype DX (ODX) testing among patients with node-negative, estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancers and possible racial/ethnic disparities in chemotherapy receipt following ODX testing within Recurrence Score (RS) category (Not Done, Low, Intermediate, High), as well as chemotherapy receipt time trends within RS categories.

Methods: A retrospective cohort list of 125,288 women who were potentially indicated for ODX testing from 2010 to 2014 was obtained using the National Cancer Database. We fit multivariate logistic regression predicting chemotherapy receipt, adjusting for clinical factors, patient demographic factors, and hospital-level factors, separately by RS category, and calculated odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI), as well as time trends.

Results: Overall, ODX testing was completed for 46.1% of Non-Hispanic (NH) Whites, 43.9% of NH Blacks, and 41.7% of Hispanics. Among patients who did not receive ODX testing, NH Black and Hispanic women both experienced statistically significant increases in chemotherapy receipt relative to NH White women (NH Black OR 1.23; 95% CI 1.11-1.37; Hispanic OR 1.23; 95% CI 1.07-1.42). However, among patients with ODX results, no statistically significant racial/ethnic differences in chemotherapy receipt were observed within strata of RS category. Trend analyses demonstrated increasing adherence to national guidelines for ODX testing.

Conclusions: We identified racial disparities in omission of ODX testing but no differences in chemotherapy receipt if ODX test results were obtained, suggesting increasing access to ODX testing may improve racial equality in efficacious use of adjuvant chemotherapy for ER-positive HER2-negative breast cancer.

Keywords: Breast cancer; Chemotherapy; Oncotype DX; Racial disparities.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Breast / pathology
  • Breast / surgery
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant / methods
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant / statistics & numerical data
  • Databases, Factual / statistics & numerical data
  • Datasets as Topic
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Genetic Testing / standards
  • Genetic Testing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Guideline Adherence / statistics & numerical data
  • Guideline Adherence / trends
  • Healthcare Disparities / ethnology*
  • Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / diagnosis*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / genetics
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / prevention & control
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / ethnology
  • Prognosis
  • Receptor, ErbB-2 / metabolism
  • Receptors, Estrogen / metabolism
  • Registries / statistics & numerical data
  • Retrospective Studies
  • United States / ethnology
  • Young Adult


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Receptors, Estrogen
  • ERBB2 protein, human
  • Receptor, ErbB-2