MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Australian women will potentially have greater access to the only genomic test validated to predict whether patients with early-stage invasive breast cancer would benefit from chemotherapy, following an agreement between Specialised Therapeutics Australia (STA) and Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: GHDX). STA has struck an agreement to represent the important diagnostic technology known as the Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay from Genomic Health, the world's leading provider of genomic-based diagnostic tests that address both the overtreatment and optimal treatment of early stage cancer. The Oncotype DX test is a 21 gene assay that predicts a patient's likely benefit from chemotherapy and the overall risk of breast cancer recurrence. This technology has been shown to guide treatment decisions, sparing patients the impact of unnecessary chemotherapy while identifying those patients who may benefit from this additional treatment. Under the terms of the agreement, STA will undertake all commercial operations including sales and marketing of the product within Australia as well as providing product support and practitioner education. As part of this agreement, STA has partnered with Healthscope Pathology who will continue to oversee logistics in Australia, including tissue sample management. Announcing the distribution agreement with Genomic Health, STA Chief Executive Officer Carlo Montagner said the Oncotype DX assay was a high calibre tool for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer who sought to avoid chemotherapy where possible, because it provided information about the likelihood of a cancer recurrence. "This ground breaking test, which has been universally adopted in the U.S., helps women make informed decisions," he said. "Many Australian women with early stage breast cancer have endured debilitating chemotherapy regimens as a precautionary measure. This test will arm women and their physicians with more information about the likelihood of the patient benefitting from chemotherapy, as well as recurrence, helping them make a well-informed treatment decision."