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What is the treatment for HER2-positive breast cancer?

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Because your breast cancer is HER2-positive, that makes a difference in how your doctor will treat it. This type of the disease doesn't respond well to the hormone treatments that work for other forms of breast cancer. But there are kinds of medicines for it. Doctors call these drugs “targeted treatments. They kill the cells that make the HER2 protein. That stops or blocks the protein from helping cancer cells grow. This greatly lowers the chances that your disease will come back.

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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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