Personalized Medicine Coalition

Personalized medicine is the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient. The approach relies on scientific breakthroughs in our understanding of how a person’s unique molecular and genetic profile makes them susceptible to certain diseases. This same research is increasing our ability to predict which medical treatments will be safe and effective for each patient, and which ones will not be.
Personalized medicine may be considered an extension of traditional approaches to understanding and treating disease. Equipped with tools that are more precise, physicians can select a therapy or treatment protocol based on a patient’s molecular profile that may not only minimize harmful side effects and ensure a more successful outcome, but can also help contain costs compared with a “trial-and-error” approach to disease treatment.
Personalized medicine has the potential to change the way we think about, identify and manage health problems. It is already having an exciting impact on both clinical research and patient care, and this impact will grow as our understanding and technologies improve.

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  1. shinichi says:

    The Age of Personalized Medicine – What is Personalized Medicine?

    Personalized Medicine Coalition

    http://www.personalizedmedicinecoalition.org/Userfiles/PMC-Corporate/file/pmc_age_of_pmc_factsheet.pdf

    Personalized medicine is a multi-faceted approach to patient care that not only improves our ability to diagnose and treat disease, but offers the potential to detect disease at an earlier stage, when it is easier to treat effectively. The full implementation of personalized medicine encompasses:

    Risk Assessment: Genetic testing to reveal predisposition to disease

    Prevention: Behavior/Lifestyle/Treatment intervention to prevent disease

    Detection: Early detection of disease at the molecular level

    Diagnosis: Accurate disease diagnosis enabling individualized treatment strategy

    Treatment: Improved outcomes through targeted treatments and reduced side effects

    Management: Active monitoring of treatment response and disease progression

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