What is HR+ and HER2- Breast Cancer?


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Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Not only is it an emotional experience, you're also likely to receive a lot of information all at once. Trying to understand the explanation of your diagnosis (and the medical jargon that comes along with it) may feel like learning a foreign language, but by breaking down the diagnosis and treatment process, you’ll soon become fluent.

The First Step: Determining Your Breast Cancer Type

To choose the best treatment, your doctor needs to identify key factors about your specific type of breast cancer. A number of important tests will be performed in the beginning to accomplish this. Some will be used to determine the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread to your lymph nodes or other parts of your body. Based on these test results, your cancer will be given a stage from I to IV.

Revolutionary treatments have increased the life expectancy rates for breast cancer patients. Watch this video for more breast cancer facts.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: May 12, 2017

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