A biomarker panel might someday tell the rheumatologist which of two treatment choices is best for each individual patient. “Today, we can personalize treatment to a certain degree, but not that much,” he said. “I think we have to be honest that we are still quite far from our goal of having truly personalized treatment for each patient.”
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How far away is it? “They keep saying it’s about five years away. I’m going to be careful about saying more than that. But in medical research some things happen in leaps and bounds. With so much research going on in this area, maybe a breakthrough is coming.”
Larry Beresford is an Oakland, Calif.-based freelance medical journalist.
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