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Study explores if insurance is keeping pace with trends in targeted cancer therapy

Study explores if insurance is keeping pace with trends in targeted cancer therapy
New research from the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) and City of Hope in the July 2020 issue of JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network examines coverage trends for circulating tumor DNA testing, also known as gene sequencing of ctDNA or "liquid biopsies." CtDNA is formed when tumor cells shed cell-free DNA fragments containing valuable information for detecting the tumor's genetic attributes into the bloodstream. Clinicians can use that genetic information to determine the optimal course of treatment. In the first-ever study to analyze insurance coverage for ctDNA-based panel tests, researchers found public and private coverage of liquid biopsy tests has grown rapidly in recent years, but some significant limitations remain.