Detection Methods in Precision Medicine
CHAPTER 15: Precision Oncology
Published:10 Dec 2020
Special Collection: 2020 ebook collectionSeries: Detection Science
Matthew R. Liebers, 2020. "Precision Oncology", Detection Methods in Precision Medicine, Mengsu (Michael) Yang, Michael Thompson
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Precision medicine broadly refers to both the science and practice of medicine that can be personalized to an individual patient level. The clinical applications of precision medicine have gradually and meaningfully followed related scientific and technological advances. While genetics, genomics and molecular diagnostics comprise some of the most important aspects of precision medicine, many other tools, such as imaging and analytics, are also employed. The intent of these high-resolution diagnostics is to improve the selection of optimal therapies for patients, which is a thesis that has already seen promise, most notably in oncology. The rapid pace of biological discovery alongside advances in analytics and technology suggest a future with increasing clinical applications of precision medicine across many disease areas, especially as important diagnostics continue to see reductions in cost.