Personalized medicine allows clinicians to combine data from diagnostic tests with an individual’s medical history and other information to find the best treatment, prevention or health management plan for each individual person. The amount of genetic data now available to both clinicians and patients can be both hopeful and overwhelming. And more discoveries happen nearly every day.
To help you understand the impact of personalized medicine, also called precision or individualized medicine, and how it can help you, it's best to start at the beginning. Learning how personalized medicine can help you manage your health, as well as its limitations, can provide you the foundation to using it to its full potential.