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Where is precision medicine most used currently?

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Where precision medicine is starting to make a difference is in the treatment of some cancers.

Researchers are beginning to change how they classify tumors. The genetics of some breast cancers, for instance, may be more like stomach tumors than other breast cancers. With precision medicine, cancers that are genetically alike are treated similarly.

For example, doctors know a drug called Gleevec (imatinib) works to treat leukemia only when the cancer cells have one particular genetic makeup. So, rather than treat everyone with leukemia using Gleevec, doctors test people for that specific genetic mix and give the drug only to those who have it.

They’re using the same approach to decide which meds people take for breast, lung, and colorectal cancers, as well as for melanoma.

From: What Is Precision Medicine? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The White House: “FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative”

Collins, FS. , 2015. N Engl J Med

University of Utah Genetics Science Learning Center: “What Is Precision Medicine?”

Friedman, AA. Nature Reviews Cancer, 2015 “Precision medicine for cancer with next-generation functional diagnostics”

Schork, NJ. , 2015.  Nature

Redig, AJ. , 2015. Journal of Clinical Oncology

Collins, FS. , 2015.  New England Journal of Medicine

US National Library of Medicine: “What is the difference between precision medicine and personalized medicine?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

SOURCES:

The White House: “FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative”

Collins, FS. , 2015. N Engl J Med

University of Utah Genetics Science Learning Center: “What Is Precision Medicine?”

Friedman, AA. Nature Reviews Cancer, 2015 “Precision medicine for cancer with next-generation functional diagnostics”

Schork, NJ. , 2015.  Nature

Redig, AJ. , 2015. Journal of Clinical Oncology

Collins, FS. , 2015.  New England Journal of Medicine

US National Library of Medicine: “What is the difference between precision medicine and personalized medicine?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

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