By using genetic testing, clinicians can help determine the best treatment plan for an individual patient.
Predictive biomarkers provide information on if a treatment is likely to work, what side effects may occur or the severity of a side effect. By using this information, along with personal medical history and lifestyle considerations, can help personalize a treatment plan.
Targeted therapy is a type of personalized medicine that zeros in on the molecular mechanism that drives the disease and stops it. Another type of personalized medicine is pharmacogenomics, which uses genetic information to predict how a patient will react to a treatment. This can help with treatment decisions and manage potential side effects.
It’s important to talk to your medical team about if personalized medicine can help best determine your treatment plan.