Dr. Dan Roden of Vanderbilt University discusses how genetic testing has begun to influence treatment of patients. As we understand more about genetics underlying human disease, we are developing increasingly sophisticated ways of managing patients' health. This is particularly true of cancer, where genetic results are increasingly used to guide patient care.
Testing and Drug Response
Maureen Smith explains that the goal of the pharmacogenomics projects at Northwestern University is to help patients by using genetic information about patients to guide them towards better treatment. The FDA recommends genetic testing for many drugs, and Northwestern aims to help patients and health professionals better implement and understand these tests.
Dr. Murray Brilliant explains that genetic testing can help determine what drug is best suited to you.
Dr. Rex Chisholm, of Northwestern University confirms that not everyone responds in the same way to a medication. Pharmacogenetics researchers are studying whether genetic variations can predict which individuals will respond best to a particular drug.
Dr. Hakon Hakonarson of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia explains that genetic testing can now be used to predict responses to certain medications. This will help to prevent negative reactions and improve healthcare.