At CMN, we recognize the power of the individual and take care to ensure
that each person is included and given a leadership role in their treatment
process: it is
your body, and your opinions matter and deserve to be
heard and understood. We firmly disagree that doctors should tell patients what to do point-blank;
rather we feel that the
conversation between patients and doctors is open-ended and crucial to ensuring optimal results. This is a stark
difference from most traditional treatments: oftentimes, chemotherapy
and radiation is used as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ response to
cancer – regardless of its type (there are more than 100!).
Personalized medicine is still in the developmental phases, but has promises to greatly impact
how cancer is detected, understood, and treated.
Why is personalized medicine important?
The National Cancer Institute describes
personalized medicine as:
“a form of medicine that uses information about a person’s
genes, proteins, and environment to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.
In cancer, personalized medicine uses specific information about a person’s
tumor to help diagnose, plan treatment, find out how well treatment is
working, or make a prognosis. Examples of personalized medicine include
using targeted therapies to treat specific types of cancer cells, such
as HER2-positive breast cancer cells, or using tumor marker testing to
help diagnose cancer. Also called precision medicine”
Personalized is a crucial development in the cancer treatment field because
it finally recognizes that no two people are exactly alike and, as such,
no two treatment plans should be identical, regardless of whether they
both have the same disease. Although “Research suggests that humans
have somewhere between 99 and 99.9 percent in common with each other…
the remaining 1 percent can make a big difference when it comes to health,
whether it is resistance or susceptibility to disease, or treatment.” All people are unique, and so are their responses to different treatments;
this should be taken into consideration when prescribing therapies.
How personalized medicine works
Personalized medicine reveals the flaws and pitfalls of conventional medicine,
specifically in regards to treating cancer.
“As significant advances in research progressed over the course of
the last 30 years, the medical community created standards of care and
treatment when it came to diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and even
cancer. However, treating cancer cannot be classified with a standard
approach.” Each person is unique; they respond to therapies differently, and their
responses should be factored into the next phases of their treatment plan.
For example, if a patient found that their energy increased and their
immune system strengthened after a
hyperbaric oxygen therapy, wouldn’t their doctor make attempts to incorporate that on a more
frequent basis for the duration of their treatment? Common sense would
say yes, but conventional medicine is often strictly regimented, and such
personalized adjustments would go against the overall structure of the
these individual responses are not recognized for their healing abilities
in current traditional medicine. They are, however, seen as valid and fast action is taken to include such
responses in alternative medicine.
In specific regards to cancer treatment:3
“for the last 20 years, cancer cells have outsmarted us by protecting
themselves, building a wall, not allowing the immune system to identify
and kill them. Current treatments are not aimed at stopping cells from
spreading and have almost no selective capacity to distinguish between
cancer cells and healthy cells. We’ve basically poisoned the body
to kill cancer using chemotherapy and even radiation.”
Personalized medicine has the capability to address this pitfall head on,
and then solve it. “Innovations in genomic testing are leading this
emerging era of cancer therapy — analyzing a group of genes and
their activity, which can influence how a cancerous tumor is likely to
grow and respond to treatment. This type of diagnostic testing analyzes
and detects very specific abnormalities in the tumor cells in a patient’s
Personalized medicine is still in the process of being incorporated into
treatments. It has the potential to dramatically impact how illnesses
are detected and treated, especially the time at which they are detected
because personalized medicine goes directly into a person’s genes.
Their genetic information “can help scientists to predict what diseases
people are likely to get, and how their bodies are likely to react.”2 It will eventually be capable of recognizing and treating illnesses such
as depression and cancer. For a better understanding of how personalized
medicine will impact cancer treatment:2
Jen Trowbridge, researching how genomics affects cancer at the Jackson
Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, foresees that instead of telling a person
that they have brain cancer or lung cancer, doctors will be saying, “you
have cancer that’s caused by this mutation, and we have a drug that
targets that mutation.”
Personalized medicine has the power to completely transform how cancer
is recognized and treated. Simply put, “Conventional medicine continues
to treat the symptoms, but genetic scientists are now working to get right
to the roots of diseases, the ‘birth of a cancer,’ starting
from cell one.”2
CMN Hospital provides alternative cancer treatment and is looking forward
to helping you fight your cancer battle. We focus on healing the individual
physically, mentally, and emotionally, and make sure that the patient
has a voice that is heard throughout the treatment process. At CMN, we
want to stay up to date on the latest research, and are constantly making
moves to ensure that our treatment plans not only reflect this whenever
possible. We are ready to communicate with you! To contact us, email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or click
here for other ways to contact us at your convenience.
 “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms.”
National Cancer Institute.
 Healthline. “Personalized Medicine: The Way Forward?”
Huffington Post. 2016.
 Samadi, Dr. David. “Conquering Cancer: Personalized Medicine is
Huffington Post. 2015.