Patients who suffered from a broad category of disease were treated with the same medicines.But each disease has its own specifics and can vary from person to person. Doctors were not able to answer the question why the treatment of some patients was successful while others’ not.
The approach to treatment has fundamentally changed. Scientists are already able to identify the mechanisms of illnesses on a molecular level, therefore better predict how well a patient is going to respond to a treatment.This knowledge is needed, for example, in oncological diseases. Each cancer is specific and is a result of a combination of countless genetic mutations. It is therefore important to identify key DNA damages in tumor cells to successfully treat the illness.
The possibilities of modern medicine continue to expand. Gradually, we learn more and more about the nature and functioning of diseases, about which we did not know much before. Using modern diagnostic methods, experts can accurately identify some inherited diseases, but also diseases caused by the damage of DNA during life. The digital revolution in healthcare, based on the acquisition and analysis of data on a global scale, will provide a deeper understanding of how to approach treatment highly individually and how to improve and streamline healthcare.