May 24, 2011 09:06PM mdg wrote:
I have the same diagnosis with those. If you are ER/PR positive it means that your BC is dependent on estrogen to grow. That usually means treatment with something like Tamoxifen for 5 years which is an estrogen blocker. I will be starting Tamoxifen this week (I already did surgery and chemo). If you are HER2 - it means you do not respond to a medicine called herceptin so that won't be a treatment for you. HER2 + means the cancer is a bit more aggressive (from what I read - which is limited as I was HER2-). Once you have surgery (lumpectomy or MX) the final pathology report will help them with staging of your treatment. Did they mention what grade you are? (grade 1, 2 or 3).
Maria Visit my BC Blog at http://breastcancerwontdefineme.blogspot.com/Dx 12/13/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 12/23/2010 Lumpectomy (Right)Surgery 01/27/2011 Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Chemotherapy 03/03/2011 Cytoxan, TaxotereHormonal Therapy 05/19/2011 TamoxifenSurgery 06/22/2011 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 12/10/2011 Reconstruction: Nipple reconstruction (Both)