In the past, courses of treatment were based on studies that took into account as much patient information as was available from analysis of the symptoms, care administered and results of treatment. The average results from the case analysis are then used as a guideline for the appropriate course of treatment. For the most part, this method was successful. However, some groups of patients have case specific
Nowadays, the medical profession has altered its approach of treatment by incorporating a more targeted procedure, as each patient is unique and at risk of developing different conditions. Although patients may be the same race as one another, just residing in separate countries can mean that they are at risk of differing illnesses. The new approach to treatments therefore takes the genes, lifestyle and environment of the patient into account when making a diagnosis and planning for treatment. In addition, it looks into the possible prevention of diseases that may affect the patient in the future. This new medical breakthrough is called, “Precision Medicine”.
Precision Medicine is currently becoming more prevalent in all areas of medicine, and is replacing more established forms of treatment. This new approach is already available at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital in the following departments;
- Obstetrics and Gynecology – Pre-pregnancy planning and preventing complication during pregnancy.
- Oncology – Cancer Treatment.
- Holistic care and prevention for individuals and family.
With plans for more departments to follow suit in the near future.
Obstetrics and Gynecology: Preconception Genetic Testing
up to 90% detection rate
With precision medicine, prospective parents can be screened for over 200 genetic diseases in more than 600 carrying genes to prevent them from passing those diseases to their future child. Armed with this knowledge, the prospective parents get more time and options for planning their family’s future. The detection rate is up to 90% depending on the mutation of particular disorders. <Learn more>
Cancer Treatment: Targeted Therapy for Cancer
up to 80% response rate
With precision medicine, Targeted Therapy is used to attack cancer-specific activities, while leaving healthy normal cells unaffected, severely reducing the side effects of treatment. By studying the cancer at the genetic level, the oncologist is able to select the most appropriate medicine for each individual case. <Learn More>
Holistic care and prevention: Oncogenetic Screening
up to 90% detection rate
With precision medicine, genetic risks are identified to prevent them from being passed on unknowingly, empowering the family to take control of the health of their future generations. By identifying the risk factors, the current generation can also take preventive measures before the condition develops. The detection rate is up to 90% depending on the fulfillment of clinical criteria. <Learn more>