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What should I ask my doctor about HER2-positive breast cancer?

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Questions to ask the doctor regarding HER2-positive breast cancer:

  • How are you sure my cancer is HER2-positive?
  • Where exactly is my cancer?
  • What stage is it?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What treatment do you think will work best for me?
  • How quickly do I need to start the treatment?
  • How will the treatment make me feel?
  • Is there a clinical trial I should consider?
  • Will I be able to work?
  • Do I need to have my breast removed?
  • Do I need radiation?
  • Do I need chemotherapy?
  • Do I need hormone treatment?
  • Will my insurance cover my treatment?
  • What if my cancer doesn’t respond to the treatment?

SOURCES:

UpToDate.

Breastcancer.org: "HER2 Status," "How Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Behaves and Looks,” “Inform HER2 Dual ISH Test,”  “SPoTLight HER2 CISH Test.”

Lab Tests Online: "HER-2/neu."

American Cancer Society: "How is breast cancer diagnosed?" "Treatment of invasive breast cancer, by stage,” “Understanding Your Pathology Report: Breast Cancer,” "Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer."

Ithimakin, S. Cancer Research, April 1, 2013.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 21, 2020

SOURCES:

UpToDate.

Breastcancer.org: "HER2 Status," "How Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Behaves and Looks,” “Inform HER2 Dual ISH Test,”  “SPoTLight HER2 CISH Test.”

Lab Tests Online: "HER-2/neu."

American Cancer Society: "How is breast cancer diagnosed?" "Treatment of invasive breast cancer, by stage,” “Understanding Your Pathology Report: Breast Cancer,” "Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer."

Ithimakin, S. Cancer Research, April 1, 2013.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 21, 2020

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