Issels Integrative Immuno-Oncology February 16, 2017  

Will At-Home Cancer Tests be the Future?

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Cancer research remains in the news keeping providers, patients, friends and family members up-to-date with current information. On the Issels® website, you'll find a plethora of information about cancer treatments and cancer testing.

A piece of important health news released was of interest to doctors and patients who want, or need, to test for colon cancer. According to the article published by HealthDay, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of an at-home colorectal cancer test based on DNA from a stool sample.

This is a giant leap forward in providing an additional option for testing besides the traditional colonoscopy or the use of fecal immunochemical testing (FIT). Alberto Gutierrez, the director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, noted that the test detected more cancers, thus exhibiting a high accuracy rating due to blood and additional testing for abnormal DNA.

Medicare and Medicaid May Pay in the Future for These Types of Tests

Another piece of good news is that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will be reviewing the possibility of providing coverage, nationwide, of the Cologuard test for people ages 50 to 85 with no symptoms of the disease, and those at an average risk for getting the disease.

Having the option of a non-invasive test would support the fight against the disease as more Americans would be more inclined to use it versus having an invasive colonoscopy that should be done every 10 years starting at age 50.

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Will At-Home Cancer Tests be the Future?

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