Colorectal cancer KRAS — Patients


The therascreen KRAS test reliably detects mutations of the KRAS gene, which are found frequently in colorectal cancer.
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The therascreen KRAS test:

  • Is the first comprehensively validated FDA-approved test for KRAS mutation detection
  • Has widespread insurance coverage
  • Helps your doctor determine if you can benefit from a treatment with ERBITUX or Vectibix

Ask your oncologist for the FDA-approved therascreen KRAS test.

Metastatic colorectal cancer
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What is metastatic colorectal cancer?

  • Colorectal cancer is a cancer in the large parts of the large intestine, the colon, or rectum
  • When the disease spreads to other parts of the body, it is called metastatic colorectal cancer

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The  KRAS testtherascreen reliably detects mutations, or changes, in the KRAS gene within your metastatic colorectal tumor. The status of the KRAS gene helps your oncologist determine the best method of treatment.

  • If your KRAS gene status is normal, those results indicate that you may benefit from the drug therapy ERBITUX or Vectibix
  • If your KRAS gene is not normal, your doctor will determine an appropriate alternative treatment

If you, or someone you know, have been diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer, ask your oncologist about the first comprehensively validated FDA approved KRAS test for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, the therascreen KRAS test.

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The therascreen KRAS test is:

  • The first comprehensively validated FDA-approved test for KRAS mutation detection
  • Approved based on Phase III clinical trial data with ERBITUX and Vectibix of patients with KRAS wild-type tumor
  • A standardized assay for reproducible results
therascreen KRAS testing enjoys widespread coverage

Public and private payers endorse the value of KRAS testing with strong coverage policies for approved indications. Below is a sample of payers that have published positive coverage policies for KRAS testing.

Payers that have published positive coverage policies for KRAS testing
Sample listing
Aetna Blue Shield of CA
Anthem/Wellpoint Healthnet
BCBS FL Humana
BCBS IL United Healthcare
BCBS MI Palmetto GBA (Medicare)

Public and private payers recognize the value of KRAS testing in determining the appropriateness of ERBITUX (cetuximab) and Vectibix (panitumumab) for a specific patient. The following payers require that a KRAS test be performed prior to prescribing.

Payers that require a KRAS test prior to prescribing
Private payers Medicare payers
Aetna CGS
Anthem/Wellpoint CGS Medicare
BCBS FL Palmetto
Cigna WPS Medicare
Empire BCBS  
Horizon BCBS  

To confirm individual patient benefits please call QIAGEN Reimbursement Solutions at: 877-7-MYQIAGEN (877-769-7424).

Representatives are available from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Important: Coverage information provided by QIAGEN is gathered from third-party sources and is presented for informational purposes only. Coverage for KRAS testing varies by patient and is subject to contracting, deductibles, and payment caps. This information does not guarantee payment and QIAGEN makes no warranty regarding this information, its completeness, accuracy, or timeliness. Payer policies are complex and change frequently, and providers are responsible for all decisions relating to coding and reimbursement submissions. QIAGEN recommends that you consult your payers, reimbursement specialists, and/or legal counsel regarding coding, coverage and reimbursement issues.

QIAGEN has a broad portfolio of companion diagnostic products in development.

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External Websites
Find out more about ERBITUX (cetuximab).
Find out more about Vectibix (panitumumab)
The nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
Information about colon and rectal cancer (one of the National Institutes of Health).
Information about colorectal cancer from the National Institutes of Health.