Tricare and Cancer Clinical Trials

DOD is participating with the National Cancer Institute in cancer prevention and treatment clinical trials open to all Tricare beneficiaries, according to a May 22 Tricare Management Activity release. Individuals participating in a trial receive care at one of more than 2,000 sites, including military treatment facilities, civilian providers, and comprehensive cancer centers. According to Kay Beck, a registered nurse and clinical trials coordinator, Tricare beneficiaries need a preauthorization from their regional Tricare contractor, but she said that Tricare covers the cost for screening tests to determine trial eligibility and the associated costs of participation in the trial. (TMA release by Patricia Opong-Brown)