What is Personalized Medicine?
A form of medicine that uses information about a person’s genes, proteins, and environment to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.
National Cancer Institute (NIH)
Humans, their individual genetics, life style, and environment are central to Personalized Medicine. Personalized concepts are developed based on this information to ensure wellness, precise diagnosis, and successful treatment of diseases while minimizing side effects.
What can Personalized Medicine do?
Personalized Medicine seeks solutions that fit each of us individually.
- shift the emphasis in medicine from reaction to prevention
- support selection of effective therapies
- offer innovative treatment concepts
- reduce amount and severity of side effects
- increase patient adherence to treatment
- help control the overall costs of health care
Personalized medicine contributes to increasing the quality of life
How does Personalized Medicine develop?
Personalized Medicine is no ready-to-use product. Additional efforts are required in order to serve patients best. More than 100 drugs are currently available that take into account personal features of patients.
However, Personalized Medicine is still in its infancy. It develops based on new knowledge and technological advances. The requirements and ethical aspects of our society need to be constantly considered in order to win the necessary general acceptance for Personalized Medicine.
Many areas are involved:
- Medical doctors and clinics
- Health care providers
- Patients and patient representatives
- Politics, legislation, and regulations
- Ethics and religions
Currently, insufficient contact and „language-barriers“ between the groups impair progress. A moderated exchange of information and knowledge furthers development of the full potential of Personalized Medicine.