Precision Medicine, Personalized Medicine, Individualized Medicine — what do these terms mean?
No longer in the realm of science fiction, genomic medicine is increasingly being used to help people live healthier lives, get the right medications, and treat diseases. It's been called individualized medicine, personalized medicine, and recently by President Barak Obama, precision medicine. But what does any of this mean? And what does it mean to patients?
For a group of women diagnosed with breast cancer, such as Holly Boehle, it meant the opportunity to participate in Mayo Clinic’s Breast Cancer Genome-Guided Therapy (BEAUTY) study. The BEAUTY study is helping researchers better understand why standard chemotherapy works to treat breast cancer in some women, but doesn’t help others. Someday, researchers hope to enable individualized treatment for each woman with breast cancer by using their genetic information to predict the most effective treatment.
For Andrew Karnes, who spent 16 years battling severe fatigue, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, testing of his genes revealed his body didn’t not process certain drugs normally. Knowing this, his doctors at Mayo Clinic were able to identify the right medications to help him lead a better life.
Mayo Clinic has always treated the patient as an individual. Now, it wants to share with the public how these new advances in Individualized Medicine are changing the way we do that.
Save the Date
Mayo Clinic is offering a patient and public symposium: Individualized Medicine: What Does it Mean for Me?
Sunday, September 20, 2015
12 to 4 p.m.
On the Mayo Clinic campus
Phillips Hall, Siebens Building
• What is the relationship between genetics and your health?
• How will individualized medicine impact your health care?
• How can knowing more about individualized medicine help you better partner with your health care team?
This four-hour symposium for patients, families and the public will address these issues and more. Health care is changing rapidly and the impact on patients and families of Individualized Medicine will be profound. The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is proud to offer this opportunity for patients and the public to learn about the applications and issues surrounding individualized medicine.
This symposium will feature educational exhibits, dynamic presentations and opportunities to interact with experts in individualized medicine, cancer, genetic counseling, ethics, pharmacy, and more.