What Does It Mean If My Breast Cancer Is Hormone Receptor-Positive Or Negative?

Question: What does it mean if my breast cancer is hormone receptor-positive or negative?

Answer: If the breast cancer is hormone receptor-positive, this would mean that there has been the detection of the estrogen receptor, or the progesterone receptor, or both of these, inside that particular tumor. This means that there is a high probability that that tumor, and any of the cancer that has spread from the original tumor, will respond to anti-hormonal therapy -- therapies that stop estrogen working. If in fact the tumor is hormone receptor-negative, this means the anti-hormonal therapy will not work.

Next: How can my breast cancer be estrogen receptor positive when I am postmenopausal and my body is losing estrogen?

null

Previous: What are estrogen and progesterone hormone receptors?
-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3655932. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3655932. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 3655932.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...