What is Personalized Medicine?

Genes are part of our DNA, or genetic blueprint. Personalized medicine is a way to gather information about the unique genetic makeup of your brain tumor that can help you and your physician decide on the best treatment plan for you.

Personalized medicine makes a more targeted approach to treatment possible. It provides data about sensitivities or resistance your tumor may have. It can determine how likely you are to respond to certain medicines, steering your doctor toward the safest, most effective choice – whether an FDA-approved drug or one only available in a leading-edge clinical trial.

How Does it Work?

Personalized medicine is a simple, painless process. It involves taking only a small amount of tissue through a biopsy, which is sent for an analysis of the hundreds of known cancer genes. The results are available in two to three weeks. Your Cleveland Clinic physician will call you to discuss the findings and what they mean for your course of treatment.

Is it Reliable?

Personalized medicine is extremely sensitive in finding all types of changes in genes, with no false positives. More than two-thirds of the changes it detects would not be able to be found by any other kind of testing. However, there is no guarantee that the testing will generate results that will be useful in guiding your therapy.

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