Cancer Genetic and Genomic Testing Information and Resources

Fund Status and Eligibility

Open - We are accepting applications for new and renewal patients. If your application for assistance is approved you can begin receiving funding immediately.

Maximum Award Level: $250 Per Year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Patient must be insured, however insurance does not have to cover the cancer genetic and genomic testing for which patient seeks assistance.
  • Patient must have a confirmed genetic or genomic test prescribed by their treating physician that is relative to cancer.
  • Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
  • Patient's income must fall below 400% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) with consideration of the Cost of Living Index (COLI) and the number in the household.

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WHAT DOES THIS FUND COVER?


This fund covers the cost of physician prescribed Genetic and Genomic tests for cancer. Covered tests are genetic tests to determine the risk of developing cancer based on heredity and genomic testing to diagnose cancer, identify mutation, determine treatment and monitor cancer growth. The fund does not cover procedures for sample tissues, x-rays, MRIs, or lab work. The fund also does not cover direct to consumer tests, that are not prescribed by a physician.


Information About Cancer Genetic and Genomic Testing:


Genetics is the study of single genes and their role in the way traits or conditions are passed from one generation to the next. Genetic alterations can be inherited from one's parents, caused by environmental factors, or occur during natural processes such as cell division, and account for 90 to 95 percent of all cases of cancer. Genetic testing involves looking at the specific inherited changes or mutations in the chromosomes, genes or proteins that humans are born with and their role in the ways traits or conditions are passed from one generation to the next. Genetic testing can also be used to examine mutations that have been acquired in genes after birth.

Cancer is a group of diseases caused by changes in DNA that alter cell behavior, causing uncontrollable growth and malignancy. These abnormalities can take many forms, including DNA mutations, rearrangements, deletions, amplifications, and the addition or removal of chemical marks.

Genomics describes the study of all parts of an organism's genes. Genomic tumor testing can tell one type of cancer or subtype of the cancer from another, identify the DNA alterations that are driving the growth of a particular tumor, as well as gain a better understanding of the molecular basis of cancer growth, metastasis, and/or drug resistance. Precision medicine uses the specific information about the tumor to help diagnose, select optimal therapies based on the context of the patient’s genetic profile, determine how well a treatment is working or make a prognosis.

Genetic and Genomic Resources:

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center

rarediseases.info.nih.gov

Tips for Finding Financial Aid (not sure if we want to include as a separate page

rarediseases.info.nih.gov

Genetic Support Foundation

geneticsupportfoundation.org

FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)

www.facingourrisk.org

Genomic Testing Support CareLine

genomicsupport.pafcareline.org

 

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