Personalized Medicine for clinics
Patients want more
In many ways, physicians already practice personalized medicine. As a matter of fact, the principle of personalized medicine dates back thousands of years. Our evidence? "It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease," wrote Hippocrates, "than to know what sort of disease a person has."
Recognizing that patients respond differently to treatments, physicians routinely draw on a number of resources to learn more about their patient's disease. Family medical history, for example, sheds light. As well as offering information, diagnostic tests help physicians choose specific treatment options and calculate proper drug dosages.
Is there a way to dig deeper? New technological breakthroughs, such as high-throughput sequencing, now provide physicians with all-new insight into individual patient predispositions or disease differences at the molecular and genetic level. Already used by physicians to tailor treatment more effectively, new technology will further accelerate this improvement.
Knowledge of cancer's molecular characteristics, for example, will help physicians optimize cancer therapy. Similarly, an understanding of a patient's drug metabolism on a molecular level will help avoid severe side effects. Overall, personalized medicine transforms treatment into a precisely targeted instrument – with enormous benefits for patients and physicians alike.