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It’s becoming clearer that medicine is not one-size-fits-all. For example, a treatment that helps shrink one person’s tumor or eases their arthritis symptoms doesn’t always work for somebody else.

Through precision medicine you can get detailed tests that can gauge how your arthritis or cancer differs from someone else’s. Then you get a treatment that’s tailored to you, rather than to anyone else.

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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