What Precision Medicine Can Do For You

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Have you ever wished that your medical care was customized to cater to your body’s exact needs? That is exactly what precision medicine does.

Precision Medicine

Precision medicine is a pretty recent approach to treatment and prevention that considers individual differences in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Having all this information allows doctors and researchers to determine a more accurate course of treatment for a particular disease. This is different from the classic “one-size-fits-all” approach to medicine. The term is quite new, but we have seen this concept throughout health care before. For example, a blood transfusion is not given from a random donor. There needs to be a match between blood types. The role of precision medicine is important in day-to-day health care.

Precision medicine used to be known as “personalized medicine”. However, that term had to be abandoned because personalized medicine can lead people to believe that there are special medications and procedures created for the use of a single person, but that is not the case. Precision medicine refers to classifying patients into categories that relate to their susceptibility to a particular disease or their reactions to a specific treatment.

Helping Cancer

This approach has been the most effective in the area of cancer. Genetic testing has been used to discover who is most likely to get cancer and there can be a proactive approach to lower your chances. Similarly, a tumor sample can be used to determine how your particular cancer should be treated depending on your genetics. It is being used to treat lung cancer, melanoma (skin cancer), colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer – as well as rare childhood illnesses, cystic fibrosis, and HIV.

Precision Medicine Initiative

Precision medicine has been such a hopeful approach to health care that in 2015, President Obama launched the $200 million Precision Medicine Initiative. The initiative had two goals in mind. The first was to “jumpstart advanced research into personalized treatments, genomic testing, and rare diseases.” The second was “to enhance patient engagement and participation in the medical research process as a way of generating better data and more effective care”. All areas of the medical field are coming together and gathering appropriate research to make medicine more effective for the individual.


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