Your genetic profile can reveal how your body will respond to certain treatments and medications. Precision medicine, sometimes called personalized medicine, is a groundbreaking approach that matches patients with the treatment that will work best for them, based on their unique genetic make-up. The concept is not new. But in recent years, precision medicine has grown rapidly, thanks to advancements in genetic testing and science.
At The Christ Hospital, we are making precision medicine a priority to help people experience better health. We recently welcomed Burns C. Blaxall, PhD, to our team as program director of Precision Medicine. Dr. Blaxall works with our physicians and clinical teams to expand The Christ Hospital's precision medicine offerings.
What is precision medicine?
The same disease can affect individuals differently. Reasons for this are complex, but genes play an important role. Precision medicine aims to understand how genes and environment can affect individual responses.
Genetic testing is an important part of precision medicine. These tests help doctors understand your inherited risk for specific diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and many rare disorders. They can also help determine individual responses to medications. Doctors can use the test results and other information such as medical history to decide which therapies are likely to be the most effective for an individual patient. Some of these therapies can target the genetic mutation itself.
Precision medicine can also help people understand their risk factors for certain diseases before they get sick. For example, if you have a strong family history of colon cancer, your doctor may recommend a genetic test to see if you have a mutation that is associated with the disease. If so, those test results could give you the chance to act. Working with your doctor, you could develop a disease prevention and early detection plan. And that could save your life.
What does all this mean for you? Access to personalized care that can meet your specific needs, and may lead to a better health outcome.
Precision medicine at The Christ Hospital Health Network
At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we offer precision medicine and genetic testing for patients with cancer and people with a strong family history of cancer. We are also growing our ability to utilize genetic testing to more accurately tailor individual and combination therapies to ensure right drug, right dose and right time. In the near future, we will provide these services for certain heart diseases and mental health conditions, as well as a broad Women's Health initiative, including pre-conception and prenatal screenings for some genetic disorders.
Scientists are discovering more about the link between genetics and disease all the time. Experts at The Christ Hospital Health Network are always seeking the most effective genetic tests and precision medicine services for our patients. It's all part of our commitment to providing the people of Greater Cincinnati with the most comprehensive, innovative care available.
How genetic counselors can help
Genetic counselors at The Christ Hospital Health Network work closely with doctors to select the tests that will be most helpful to each individual. These highly trained counselors educate patients and their families about genetic testing, guide them through the testing process and help them make informed healthcare choices based on their results.
Learn more about genetic counseling at The Christ Hospital Health Network.
Learn more about precision medicine
For more information about precision medicine at The Christ Hospital Health Network, please call 513-585-3275. We can connect you with one of our genetic counselors, who can talk to you about your family health history, personal health history and goals for genetic testing.
Genetic testing is available with or without a referral. If you would like to schedule genetic testing, please call 513-585-3275.