What is precision medicine? How is it different from the conventional one?
Hello, I would like to understand what is precision medicine and how is it different from the conventional one. I learnt that conventional medicine and precision medicine are two approaches doctors use to treat disease. They work in different ways. Please leave your comments on this.
@lalima Western medicine follows a one-size-fits-all approach. Drugs and other therapies are designed to treat large groups of people with the same disease -- like diabetes or cancer. They may factor in your sex, age, or weight, but overall, doctors base your treatment on what’s most likely to work for everyone with a similar illness.
But not everyone responds to a treatment in the same way. Some drugs work very well for certain people. Others don’t help at all or cause harmful side effects. Finding the exact drug that works for you can involve a lot of trial and error.
Precision medicine takes things a step further. Doctors examine your genes and consider your lifestyle and environment, while looking at the characteristics of your disease to determine the best treatment that would most likely work for you. Because it’s so closely tied to who you are, precision medicine is sometimes called personalized medicine