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Learn how doctors can customize treatments to fit a patient’s needs.
Learn about treatments that target specific genes and proteins that affect cancer growth.
Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels. This process regularly occurs during growth and development in children but happens less often in adults. For example, angiogenesis occurs during the healing of a deep cut or after menstruation. Otherwise, angiogenesis in adults is usually part of a disease process such as cancer.
The field of pharmacogenomics (also called pharmacogenetics) studies how our inherited genes affect the way our bodies process and respond to drugs, which can make these drugs more or less effective and safe. A drug may act differently in one person than in another person taking the same drug for the same condition. For instance, some people may experience severe side effects from a drug, while others may not, even when given comparable doses of the drug.