(05/08/14) - Imagine your doctor diagnosing you with cancer, or telling you you're cancer free - only to find out they accidentally looked at the wrong patient's biopsy results. It happens, more than you want to think, and can get as far as a woman going through chemo, radiation, even a mastectomy, only to learn she never had cancer. A simple test could prevent that from ever happening.
With just a simple swab of his patient's cheeks, Dr. Andrew Kenler takes a crucial step preventing a horrible mistake, "about 1,000 maybe 1,500 women are told, 'Hey Mrs. Jones, you have breast cancer,' and she does not."
The Yale School of Medicine breast surgeon says so many steps go into testing breast biopsies that human errors can occur - and do. But, he says, a quick, painless, DNA swap could end the mix-ups.
He advises all his patients to take the Know Error Test. It costs $300 and every positive breast biopsy is sent to a lab in Indianapolis to match with the DNA on file. A match means a patient is getting her correct results.
For Jacquelyn Conlon, the diagnosis was not what she wanted to hear two years ago, "I had stage 2 -a breast cancer," but she is glad she got the truth.
Women are not only misdiagnosed as having breast cancer, just as many can be told they do not have it, when they do. Either way, Jaquelyn has peace of mind, "It gives you the confidence that your diagnosis is truly indeed your diagnosis."
After aggressive treatment, Jaquelyn is now cancer free today.
In some cases the test is covered by insurance, in instances where it is not, many women have chosen to pay $300 out of pocket.