Individualized medicine, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, is tailoring diagnosis and treatment to each patient to optimize care. Using a person's unique genetic code, researchers and health care providers can more effectively and precisely diagnose, treat, predict and, eventually, prevent disease. The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine does both research and patient care, working to bring new genomic-based tests and treatments from the laboratory to clinical practice.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Keith Stewart, Carlson and Nelson endowed director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, will preview the upcoming "Individualizing Medicine Conference 2017," which will take place Oct. 9-11 in Rochester, Minnesota. The conference will feature speakers from around the world on topics related to genomics and personalized medicine. Also on the program, Dr. Amanika Kumar, an oncologist at Mayo Clinic, will explain the importance of having quality of life discussions with your health care provider before and during cancer care. And Dr. John Pemberton, a colorectal surgeon at Mayo Clinic, will discuss treatment for common colorectal problems.
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