NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cancer diagnostics services firm BioTheranostics today announced a contract with preferred provider organization Three Rivers Provider Network.

The contract covers the San Diego firm's testing services, including CancerType ID for diagnosing metastatic cancer, and Breast Cancer Index for predicting the risks of recurrence of early stage, estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. The agreement makes BioTheranostics' tests available to an additional 15 million covered lives in the US, the firm said.

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