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Meghan E. Burgess, APRN

Director, Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program, Hartford HealthCare


Midstate Radiology Associates, LLC


Diagnostic Radiology < Accepting new patients for this specialty

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  • Midstate Radiology Associates, LLC at MidState Medical Center

    435 Lewis Avenue
    Meriden, CT 06451
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    Phone: 203.694.8402
    Fax: 203.694.7635


There is a lot of talk of genetic testing and breast cancer. Actress Angelina Jolie at the age of 37 underwent a preventative double mastectomy after learning she had an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer due to defective BRCA 1 gene.

Jolie did genetic testing because of a family history on her maternal side of the family.

Joining us to talk about genetic testing and breast cancer risk is Meghan Burgess, Director of the Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program at Hartford HealthCare.

Q. With genetic testing- who should get tested? People just with family history of breast cancer?

A. There are several guidelines we follow in order to recommend genetic testing to an individual. People who have had certain types of cancer as well as those who have a family history of certain types of cancer. For example, early onset cancers/young ages – diagnosis under the age of 50, in some case, like colon and uterine cancer- under the age of 64. Rare cancers, like ovarian cancer, male breast cancer, or bilateral breast cancer. Multiple cancers on the same side of the family. Certain ancestries ie Ashkenazi, Jewish.

Q. How is genetic testing done and how soon do you get the results?

A. In our centers, we offer genetic testing through a saliva sample. If the patient prefers a blood draw, we can also accommodate. Results are typically available in 2-4 weeks.

Q. Is this something that is typically covered by insurance?

A. Yes. Not everyone is appropriate for genetic testing, they have to meet national guidelines but when they do, most patients pay $0 out of pocket. In the past two year, we have tested over 3,000 individuals and with most patients paying $0, the average out of pocket has been $75.

Q. Is genetic testing used for other types of cancer?

A. Yes. Currently, the test we order sequences 35 genes that are associated with the eight most common types of hereditary cancer. These include breast, ovarian, colon, uterine, pancreatic and prostate.

Thank you, Meghan for this great information and promising outlook for women. If you would like to learn more please call 855.255.6181.



  • Saint Anselm College 1999 BSN

Graduate School

  • Quinnipiac University 2007 MSN

Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, CarePartners of Connecticut, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/ Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/ Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.

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