Seven years after my diagnosis, my OB/GYN Dr. Warren Volker (who also happens to hold a PhD in Genetics Research) told me he was sure he could get the test paid for, since a lot had changed in genetics since I had been first diagnosed, and he would be able to justify the payment for the test.
He was right…I was able to get the test done at virtually no cost. It’s an easy test. All they do is read some cells that have come loose in your saliva. Fortunately, my test came back negative. I am not a carrier of the BRCA gene. That was good news for my long-term survivability, and also for my nieces, my closest blood female relatives. It was great to be able to tell my brother that our family apparently did not have this gene in our bloodline and that he need not worry about his daughters, and their future probability of getting this disease.