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high cost of genetic counseling and testing may not be covered by insurance a situation that Daly said "restricts the ability to make timely and informed breast cancer treatment decisions to a privileged few."

While rapid testing is available in some locations, patients still need to see a genetics counselor and obtain insurance approval, which can delay treatment decisions. Moreover, rapid tests are much more expensive than regular tests, and often not fully covered by insurance.

"Such barriers, however, should not deter the oncology community from encouraging widespread access to genetic counseling and testing for high-risk cancer patients, but rather should commit us to the elimination of these barriers," Daly added.


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Contact: Carrie Housman
housmanc@asco.org
703-519-1423
American Society of Clinical Oncology
5-Apr-2004


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