Personalized Cancer Therapy

  • Kewal K. Jain
Chapter

Abstract

Individual variation in response to a therapy for the same type of cancer is well known; some patients show no response, whereas others show a dramatic response. It is obvious that the concept “one medicine for all patients with the same disease” does not hold and a more individualized approach is needed. Although individualization of certain treatments has been carried out in the pregenomic era, the concept of personalized medicine as described in this chapter follows progress in the study of human diseases at the molecular level, advances in molecular diagnostics, and drug development based on various omics such as genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics and biomarkers. The aim of the personalized medicine is to match the right drug to the right patient. The broad scope of personalized medicine includes predisposition testing, determination of prognosis, combination of diagnostics with therapeutics, and monitoring of therapy.

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  • Kewal K. Jain
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  1. 1.Jain PharmaBiotechBaselSwitzerland

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