What is Personalized Medicine?

Personalized Medicine is defined as the customization of healthcare, where medical decisions are tailored to the individual patient based on their susceptibility to disease or response to a particular treatment. A key component of personalized medicine includes advanced testing of a patient's genetic information to help identify targeted treatment options. The practice of personalized medicine is based on the premise that for many diseases, including cancer, there is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment. In personalized medicine, diagnostic tests are used to help tailor disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment based on the genetic makeup of a particular patient.1 

At Abbott Molecular, we know that when patients and physicians are informed about the diagnostic and treatment opportunities offered by the promise of personalized medicine, lives can be saved. Visit Richard's Story to learn about how personalized medicine has provided options and hope to patients and their families.


What are Companion Diagnostics? 

Companion Diagnostics (CDx) are laboratory tests developed in parallel with particular drugs to identify patients who are most likely to benefit from treatment with these drugs. Information from test results helps physicians to personalize patient treatment plans. Generally speaking, the practice of personalized medicine has been described as providing “the right patient with the right drug at the right dose at the right time."1 According to the Food and Drug Administration, personalized medicine may be considered as customizing “medical treatment to the individual characteristics, needs, and preferences of a patient during all stages of care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.”2 


Many of the world's leading pharmaceutical, biological, and entrepreneurial companies select Abbott Molecular as their companion to develop comprehensive, companion diagnostic products and strategies.








Cancer and Personalized Medicine

There is no typical cancer patient. People diagnosed with cancer represent various races, ages, and lifestyles. Working with your physician to understand the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer may help minimize concerns and is a positive first step in any fight against the disease. The following categories of frequently asked questions are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare provider. 



1, 2 http://www.fda.gov/ScienceResearch/SpecialTopics/PersonalizedMedicine/ucm20041021.htm. Accessed 3.25.14.