Mar 23, 2010 - 8:47 am
In August 2009, I had genetic testing done for breast cancer (BRCA 1&2) because of my strong family history (my mother and two sisters had breast cancer). My test came back negative but a month later I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
My cancer surgeon wanted to know why the hospital didn’t perform the BART BRACAnalysis® Rearrangement Test (BART) on me. He feels that this test would have come back positive. I was told by the genetic testing center that did the first test that I didn’t meet the criteria for the bart test as I didn’t have two first degree relatives that were diagnosed under the age of 50. My one sister was diagnosed at 45 and my mom and me were both 53. They also said that if I wanted the BART test done I would have to pay $600 out of pocket.
My doctor was very upset about this and found another local hospital that does genetic testing and assisted with getting my insurance company to pay for it. I am going for the test this afternoon.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone else who might have had a similar experience…..