Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - National Oncology Program Office
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

National Precision Oncology Program

How does the Program benefit Veterans?
It ensures that all Veterans have access to cutting edge molecular tests to help their doctors decide the best treatments for cancer.

Am I eligible to get tested?
If you are a Veteran receiving oncology care at a VA facility, and have an advanced stage tumor or blood cancer, and can tolerate the therapies your doctor recommends; then your doctor may order the tests.  Currently Veterans who are being treated at a non-VA facility are not currently eligible for this program as we are unable to track patient care at a non-VA facility. 

How do I get these tested?
 Your doctor will collect a either tissue or blood sample and submit it along with the lab request order for testing. 

Who pays for testing?
Testing will be paid for by the National Precision Oncology Program. The tests are ordered by your doctor, sent to a lab for testing and the lab will submit the invoices directly to the VA National Oncology Program Office.  As with all VA Programs, this will be re-evaluated annually.

How long does it take to get back the test results?
Test results can take one to two weeks to complete (depending on the test  that was ordered) and will be returned to your doctor.

What happens to the test results?
Test results will be entered into your patient chart and you can see them if you have access to your electronic health records and other benefits here or click on the MyHealtheVet badge on this website.