Mayo Clinic invites public to discover more about individualized medicine

Posted by Sheryl M Ness, MA, RN @smness, Aug 28, 2015

No longer in the realm of science fiction, genomic medicine is increasingly being used to help you live healthier and get the right medications, and in disease treatment.

It’s been called individualized medicine, personalized medicine, and, by President Barack Obama, precision medicine. But what does any of this mean? And what does it mean to you?

For a women diagnosed with breast cancer, it meant the opportunity to participate in Mayo Clinic’s Breast Cancer Genome-Guided Therapy (BEAUTY) study. The BEAUTY study is helping researchers better understand why standard chemotherapy works to treat breast cancer in some women, but doesn’t help others.

Someday, researchers hope to enable individualized treatment for each woman with breast cancer by using their genetic information to predict the most effective treatment.

Mayo Clinic has always treated the patient as an individual. Now, we’d like to share with you how these new advances are changing the way we practice medicine.

Below are details on a symposium open to the public.

Individualized Medicine: What Does it Mean for Me?

Health care is changing rapidly and the impact of individualized medicine on patients and families will be profound. The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is proud to offer this opportunity for patients and the public to learn about the applications and issues surrounding individualized medicine.

This symposium will feature educational exhibits, dynamic presentations and opportunities to interact with experts in individualized medicine, cancer, genetic counseling, ethics, pharmacy, and more. The cost to attend is $15 per person and includes refreshments and symposium materials.


Sunday, Sept 20, 2015, 12-4 p.m.


  • Rochester, Minn.
  • Mayo Clinic campus
  • Phillips Hall, Siebens Building


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