Frequently Asked Questions

Discover more about Trovagene’s Trovera tests through answers to common questions below.

What are mutations and why are they important to cancer?

Genes are functional stretches of DNA inside each of our cells. They instruct the cells on how to make the proteins our bodies need to function. Changes in these genes are called mutations, which play an important role in the development, growth, and spread of cancer. Certain mutations can cause cells to grow out of control, which can lead to cancer. To learn more about mutations, please visit this website: www.yourgenome.org/facts/what-is-a-mutation.

What is Precision Cancer Monitoring® ?

Trovagene uses the term Precision Cancer Monitoring® (PCM) to describe routine testing of cancer mutations with extremely high sensitivity in a noninvasive fashion. Thus, PCM enables more frequent insights into a tumor’s changes versus biopsies or scans.

What is circulating tumor DNA?

As tumor cells grow and spread, they release their DNA into the blood. This DNA is called circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) and can be found in urine and blood.

How does knowing my cancer’s mutations help my treatment?

Cancer treatments known as “targeted therapies” are designed to target and stop the actions of specific mutations that may cause the cancer to grow and spread. It is important to know if you have a tumor with one of these mutations so you and your healthcare provider can make the best treatment decisions possible.

What paperwork is required for the TrovaCares?

Patients will need to fill out an application that certifies that they are a United States citizen or legal resident, or a person with a valid visa in the United States and proof of income. Patients will also be asked to provide a W2, paystub, tax return, social security notice, and/or disability paperwork.

What are the federal poverty requirements for TrovaCares?

Up to 4x the federal poverty guidelines based on the Affordable Care Act.

What additional information can the patient supply to qualify for TrovaCares?

Patients can provide monthly expenses, which supplement their income to be able to potentially increase their chances of qualifying for the program.

Who can I contact for more info about TrovaCares?

Please call 888-403-6651 from 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM PST, or email service@trovagene.com.

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