What is ThyroSeq®?
ThyroSeq® is a test that uses cells collected from your thyroid nodule during fine needle aspiration to analyze DNA and RNA to help diagnose your thyroid nodule as benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Do I need ThyroSeq® test?
If your thyroid nodule is indeterminate by cytology, ThyroSeq may help to predict whether your nodule is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). ThyroSeq results can help personalize the management of your thyroid nodule.
How can I have my nodule tested by ThyroSeq®?
Talk to your doctor and say you want your thyroid nodule analyzed by ThyroSeq. If you do not have a doctor, contact us to find a doctor. Your doctor will reserve part of your Fine Needle Aspirate collection for ThyroSeq testing. Additional resources for your doctor can be found on ThyroSeq's Physician Pages.
What will my ThyroSeq® results tell me?
ThyroSeq results help determine if your thyroid nodule is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Your doctor will review the results with you to determine a personalized course of treatment, specific to your results and personal medical history. Negative ThyroSeq results would allow you to avoid surgical excision of the thyroid in many situations. If the test is positive, ThyroSeq provides additional information to help your doctor select the most appropriate surgery, which in some cases can preserve part of your thyroid and protect your natural thyroid function.
How is my sample collected for ThyroSeq® test?
Cells are collected during a Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) procedure. If you are having an FNA procedure done for other testing including cytology, some of the specimen can be set aside into ThyroSeq collection tube specific for ThyroSeq testing. Cytology slides from a previously performed FNA procedure may also be acceptable for testing.
Will my insurance cover ThyroSeq®?
Our priority is to ensure that all patients and physicians have access to ThyroSeq, regardless of insurance coverage or income. Medicare covers the testing and there is no co-insurance for the ThyroSeq test. We also accept all private insurance. You may be responsible for an annual deductible, copay or co-insurance as outlined in the explanation of benefits provided by your insurance company. If your insurance company does not cover the testing, we may contact you or your physician to request permission to appeal on your behalf. If after appeal, your claim does not process for payment, you may be responsible for the balance. We offer financial assistance for these situations and to patients who are self-insured or have no insurance to ensure that everyone has access to this valuable test. Contact our customer service team at 855.725.6444, weekdays from 8:30am-5:00pm to discuss available options. See Patient Access Program for more information.
How much does ThyroSeq® cost?
The cost of the test will depend entirely upon the benefits available through your insurance. You may be subject to deductible, copay or coinsurance as with any testing.