Journal article

Words Matter: Distinguishing "Personalized Medicine" and "Biologically Personalized Therapeutics"

Nathan I Cherny, Elisabeth GE de Vries, Linda Emanuel, Lesley Fallowfield, Prudence A Francis, Alberto Gabizon, Martine J Piccart, David Sidransky, Lior Soussan-Gutman, Chariklia Tziraki

JNCI-JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

"Personalized medicine" has become a generic term referring to techniques that evaluate either the host or the disease to enhance the likelihood of beneficial patient outcomes from treatment interventions. There is, however, much more to personalization of care than just identifying the biotherapeutic strategy with the highest likelihood of benefit. In its new meaning, "personalized medicine" could overshadow the individually tailored, whole-person care that is at the bedrock of what people need and want when they are ill. Since names and definitional terms set the scope of the discourse, they have the power to define what personalized medicine includes or does not include, thus influencing ..

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