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Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

Genetic Tests for Cancer

Technology Assessment

The technology assessment program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides technology assessments for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These technology assessments are used by CMS to inform its national coverage decisions for the Medicare program as well as provide information to Medicare carriers.

CMS has asked AHRQ and the Tufts-New England Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center to perform a horizon scan of gene-based tests for cancer that are currently in clinical use, or are being promoted or developed for clinical use.

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Part I: Genetic Tests Currently Available for Clinical Use
Part II: Genetic Tests in Development for Clinical Use
   A1. Glossary of acronyms used
   A2. Synopsis of select commercial diagnostic laboratories
   A3. Additional companies and Web sites
   A4. Exploratory MEDLINE search strategy for Part II: genetic tests for 10 cancers
   A5. Sample titles from searches of the gray literature databases
Databases (Tables)
   Database I: Genetic tests currently available
   Database II: One page profiles of current genetic tests
   Database III: Genetic tests in development
   Table A: Search strategy and results for Category I gray literature resources
   Table B: Search strategy and results for Category II gray literature resources
   Table C: Category III gray literature resources

Prepared for AHRQ under Contract No. 290-02-0022. By Kevin M. Chin, M.D., M.S., Benjamin Wessler, B.A., Priscilla Chew, M.P.H., and Joseph Lau, M.D.; Tufts-New England Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center.

Current as of January 2006

Internet Citation:

Genetic Tests for Cancer. Technology Assessment. January 2006. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


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