On this and another forum, people talk about getting tested not only for BRAF mutations but C-Kit and RAS as well. Maybe others. I know that my insurance allowed me to be tested for BRAF and this was done twice using older and current techniques. No mutation. Both tests paid for by my insurance. I've mentioned being tested for C-Kit but my oncologist seems to duck the question. I have an unknown primary, though it is assumed, I suppose because of likelihood rather than anything strictly scientific, that it was originally skin. Would it benefit future treatment to know about the other two mutations listed or any others? Is there any insurance coverage for other tests besides BRAF? I would not hesitate to pay for them out of pocket is they could tell me something significant for further treatment?
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