SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Medical treatments are becoming more tailored to the individual patient. In fact, there's a new cancer clinical trial at Memorial Health that determines treatment based on your genes.
This goes beyond standard treatments. So, one person with the same diagnosis as another person may have a completely different treatment plan based on their biology.
"Clinical trials are basically a formal evaluation of a drug or a device that uses scientific methodology just to treat cancer or diabetes or any disease process," said Patricia Sharpe, Manager of Department of Clinical Trials, Memorial Health.
Memorial Health is involved in more than a hundred clinical trials right now.
One trial in particular though, is getting a lot of attention. It's called the NCI Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice.
"That means we take people's tissue and blood to see what kind of gene type they might have and then they are treated according to their gene type," said Sharpe.
This is for patients with tumors that have spread.
"We're looking more at the patient. What's your gene type, how can I better treat you with those medicines that we have out there instead of the standard kind of treatment they may get with cancer," she said.
So, how do you become a part of a clinical trial? Often, your doctor will tell you if he feels you are a good candidate.
You can also do your own research and contact the clinical trial office directly and they can tell you if you may be eligible to participate.
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