THE KEY TO BEATING LUNG CANCER IS EARLY DETECTION
PAULA’s Test is a blood test which can help your doctor detect lung cancer at an early stage, while it can still be cured with surgery. It uses a blood sample to analyze protein biomarkers associated with the presence of a lung cancer tumor. The test is NOT a genetic test. It does not test for predisposition for lung cancer, It tests for the possible presence of lung cancer at the time of testing.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. It kills more people than breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer COMBINED. Known as a “Silent Killer”, most cases of lung cancer are diagnosed at a late stage, when the disease has spread to other parts of the body. At this point, treatment options are limited and survival rates are low. If lung cancer is detected at an early stage, before it has spread , survival rates are much higher since the tumor can be surgically removed.
PAULA’s Test is designed for people at high risk for lung cancer; persons over 50 years of age and with a history of smoking at least one pack of cigarettes per day for 20 years or more.
WHAT IS MY RISK OF GETTING LUNG CANCER?
Smokers and former smokers have an up to a 1 in 7 chance of getting lung cancer (the exact risk depends on a person’s age and smoking history). Factors that affect your risk include whether you currently smoke, how long you have smoked, how many cigarettes per day you smoked and, if you quit, how many years it has been since you quit.
WHAT WILL THE RESULTS SHOW?
A test result is reported to your physician with a risk score. The score ranges from low risk to high risk. While not a diagnosis, a high score on this test can provide your doctor with important information about the risk of you currently having lung cancer. With this information, your doctor may choose to recommend additional tests for you.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The test requires one tube of blood which is collected at your physician’s office or a lab drawing station. The sample is sent to our laboratory for analysis. The sample can be drawn at the same time as you are having other routine blood work collected, for example at your annual physical examination. There is no special preparation, such as fasting, for the test.
Once analyzed, a test report is sent to your physician, who will discuss the results with you.
WHERE CAN YOU GET THE TEST?
PAULA’s Test is only offered at physicians’ offices. If you want more information about how and where to have a PAULA’s Test performed, choose one of the following steps. You can get information for yourself or your physician. You should contact your medical provider to find out whether they are already using
that you can print out and show to your doctor.
to request more information to be sent to you or your doctor.
Even if your doctor’s office does not currently offer PAULA’S Test, most physicians’ offices can draw a blood sample so the test may be performed.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The cost depends on your own insurance plan’s policies for deductibles and co-pays. For each test, Genesys Biolabs will submit a claim to your insurance carrier. Once we have received a reimbursement decision for the claim, you may have a remaining responsibility for some portion of the cost. Persons that do not have medical health insurance or wish to pay out-of-pocket (“self pay”) may expect to pay up to $195 for the test.
WHAT DO THE RESULTS SHOW?
After being analyzed, the results will be sent to your physician. The results will show your risk for having lung cancer at the time of the testing. Remember, this result is not a diagnosis of lung cancer but it will show if you are at an increased risk of having lung cancer. Additional tests will be required before a final determination of lung cancer can be made.
* A person’s chance of developing lung cancer depends on the smoking history (how much and how long he or she has smoked).