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Hereditary Cancer and Genetic Testing

Medical decisions for people with an inherited  mutation who have been diagnosed with cancer

Currently there are no cancer treatments approved specifically for people with a  mutation. However, guidelines do recommend that people with an inherited mutation minimize their radiation exposure, which increases the risk of a new cancer diagnosis. This includes avoiding radiation therapy for cancer treatment whenever possible. To learn more about standard of care treatment options for specific types of cancer, visit our section on Cancer Treatment by Cancer Type

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FORCE offers many peer support programs for people with inherited mutations. 

updated: 03/12/2022

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Paying for cancer treatment

The majority of public and private health insurance plans are required to cover cancer diagnosis and treatment; copays, coinsurance and deductibles often apply. Patient costs and coverage for specific doctors, facilities or treatments may vary based on your health plan. Visit our section on Insurance and Paying for Care: Treatment  for more information, links to sample appeal letters and other resources. 

Some pharmaceutical companies have assistance programs that help cover the cost for their medications: 

Organizations that offer co-pay assistance:

Other resources:

  • The American Cancer Society provides information and resources on covering the cost of cancer care. Public assistance, such as Medicaid may be available if you are ineligible for other programs. 
  • Needy Meds: Assistance programs to help patients with cost of medications and other healthcare.
  • Triage Cancer offers tools and resources to help individuals cope with the financial aspects of a cancer diagnosis.

updated: 01/22/2022

Last updated March 19, 2022