PAULA’s Test is a biomarker blood test for lung cancer. It is for people at high risk for lung cancer due to a long term smoking history. PAULA’s Test can identify elevated risk of lung cancer even before symptoms appear. PAULA’s Test uses a standard blood specimen so it is easy to have drawn at your doctor’s office. The test analyzes cancer markers which are associated with lung cancer tumors. The test is NOT a genetic test nor does it measure your chances for developing lung cancer in the future.
HOW DO I GET TESTED?
Getting a test is easy; it requires only one standard tube of blood to be drawn at your doctors office. When you order a test, you will receive a specimen collection kit which you can take to your doctor. Your specimen gets sent to our specialty laboratory for analysis. The specimen can be drawn at the same time you have other routine blood tests. No special preparation, such as fasting, is required.
WHAT DOES A PAULA’s TEST SHOW?
PAULA’s Test gives you a risk score which indicates your relative risk of lung cancer. The score ranges from low risk to high risk. It is important to understand that PAULA’s Test does not give a diagnosis of lung cancer. It provides information about your risk, so appropriate next steps can be taken, such as getting a CT scan. A definitive diagnosis can only be made after other tests are performed.
WHAT’S MY RISK FOR GETTING LUNG CANCER?
Your risk for getting lung cancer depends on a number of factors. Guidelines for lung cancer define several risk categories based on known risk factors but the largest risk factor driving lung cancer is smoking. Other factors which can increase risk of lung cancer include:
- Family history of lung cancer
- Exposure to second-hand smoke
- Exposure to known carcinogens such as radon, asbestos or 10 other cancer causing agents
- History of other cancers
- Lung disease such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS TO GET TESTED FOR LUNG CANCER?
Screening for lung cancer using CT scans became adopted in 2015 for persons that meet certain eligibility criteria. Not everyone who is high risk, is eligible to receive these free CT screening tests. You should discuss your risk factors with your doctor to see if CT screening is available to you. Recent studies have shown that more than half of the people who were diagnosed with lung cancer did not qualify for CT screening under the current eligibility rules. For those with high risk factors who do not qualify for CT screening, PAULA’s Test may be an appropriate option rather than not getting any test at all.
CAN ANY LAB RUN PAULA’s TEST?
No. PAULA’s Test is a specialty test developed and run only by Genesys Biolabs. Large national or regional medical labs which your doctor may use for routine blood tests do not offer PAULA’s Test at this time. While PAULA’s Test uses the same specimen collection method as other routine blood tests, it requires sending the specimen out to our lab using FedEx overnight shipping.
WHY SHOULD I GET TESTED?
Lung cancer is one of the leading causes 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 only in late stages, when the disease has been growing for a long time and has spread to other parts of the body. At this point, treatment options are limited and survival rates are low. Therefore, it is critical to detect lung cancer early, before it spreads. Survival rates are dramatically higher when the cancer tumor is found early and is surgically removed.
HOW DO I PURCHASE PAULA’s TEST?
PAULA’s Test requires an order from a doctor. You can purchase your own test kit but a doctor will need to authorize your test order. You should discuss with your doctor your health history, your risk factors and your options to get screened for lung cancer before purchasing a PAULA’s Test so you are both comfortable whether the test is appropriate for you.
Share the following information with your doctor and discuss whether your own health history makes PAULA’s Test appropriate for you.
that you can print out and show to your doctor.
to request more information to be sent to you or your doctor.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
PAULA’s Test costs only $149.00 plus shipping. It is not covered by insurance and you will need to provide payment when your test is ordered. PAULA’s Test is an elective test and not part of current medical guidelines so , we cannot submit a claim to your insurance plan to cover the test. You may be able to use your Health Savings Account to pay for the test.