Military Coverage of Cancer-Related Care

This chart highlights the rules related to military coverage of cancer-related care, including, clinical trials, bone marrow transplants, breast exams, and more. Check back often, as this chart is updated frequently.

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Test, Item or ServiceCovered?Limits
Bone Marrow TransplantsYesAutologous and allogenic bone marrow transplants are covered. There are limits
Bras for MastectomyYesCovered instead of reconstructive breast surgery. There are limits.
Breast ExamsYesWhen and how often depends on your age and breast cancer risk
Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)YesWhen and how often depends on your age and cancer risk
Cancer Clinical TrialsYesOnly through partnership with the National Cancer Institute
Cancer of Female Reproductive Organs (Screening)YesCovers physical examinations, pap smears, and HPV DNA testing
Cancer ScreeningsYesSome limits based on risk factors.
Chelation TherapyYesMust be FDA approved
ChemotherapyYesMust be FDA approved
ColonoscopyYesDepends on your age and family history
Colorectal Cancer ExamsYesDepends on your age and cancer risk
DermatologyYesHypertropic scars and keloids from burns, surgery or trauma covered only if impaired function.
Diagnostic Imaging for Acute Lower Back PainIt dependsCertain warning signs must be present.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) TestingYesOnly for women of a certain age to screen for cervical cancer
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) VaccineIt depends
HysterectomyYesNot covered when performed solely for sterilization, to preserve sexual function or to preserve postoperative complications
Lung Cancer ScreeningYesMust meet specific criteria.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)YesWhen medically necessary to be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and appropriate for the diagnosis
MammogramsYesDepends on your age and cancer risk
MastectomyYesSubcutaneous mastectomy to prevent or treat breast cancer isn't covered
Oral Cavity and Pharyngeal Cancer ExamsYesFor adults at high risk due to exposure to tobacco or excessive amounts of alcohol
Oral SurgeryYesNot all oral surgeries are covered
Ovary Removal (Prophylactic Oophorectomy)YesMust have positive BRCA test and certain family history
Pap SmearsYesCovered beginning at age 21.
Parent and Patient Educational CounselingYes
Pelvic ExamYes
PhysicalsIt dependsAnnual sports physicals aren't covered
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) ScanIt dependsDepends on condition
Post-Mastectomy Reconstructive Breast SurgeryYes
Prostate Cancer ExamsYesDepends on your age and cancer risk
Radiation TherapyYesMust be safe, effective and comparable or superior to the standard of care
Rare Diseases, Treatment ofIt dependsMay be covered on a case-by-case basis
Skin Cancer ExamsYesDepends on cancer risk
Specialty DrugsPrescription must be filled through an in-network retail pharmacy, TRICARE home delivery or a military pharmacy
Testicular Cancer ExamsYesCovered annually between age 13 and 39 with history of certain conditions
Thyroid Cancer ExamsYesCovered for adults with a history of upper body irradiation (exposure to radiation)
VitaminsIt dependsMegavitamins and multivitamins aren't covered
Well Woman ExamYesSome screenings are age or risk related.
WigsYesOne wig per beneficiary per lifetime. Your physician must certify that hair loss was from malignant disease
X-RaysYesMust be prescribed and related to specific condition or defined set of symptoms
Date Updated1/2024