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Topic: Podcast on HER2-positive breast cancer recurrence

Forum: HER2+ (Positive) Breast Cancer —

Testing, treatment, side effects, and more.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2018 11:07AM

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HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Recurrence

December 15, 2017

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Dr. Marleen Meyers is a medical oncologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone. She also serves as director of the Perlmutter Cancer Center Survivorship Program. She received her medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Meyers talk about:

  • what HER2-positive breast cancer is and how its aggressiveness ranks compared to other types of breast cancer
  • factors doctors consider when estimating a person's risk of recurrence
  • specific ways to reduce the risk of HER2-positive disease recurrence
  • how she helps her patients manage the fear of recurrence

Running time: 17:06

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Jan 27, 2018 02:04PM Ewdubs wrote:

This was a great explanation of my personal diagnosis. So easy to understand that I emailed it to friends and family . We were so surprised by my diagnosis that we left the doctors’ office in a haze - this clarified many of my initial questions. Thank you!

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Jan 29, 2018 09:19AM Yestolife wrote:

I wish I would have read this when I was first diagnosed. Very informative and gave me more peace of mind

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Feb 4, 2018 06:23PM Elijahgirl wrote:

My sister has been diagnosed with both HER2 positive and HER2 negative, how is this possible? This is her third relapse and is currently Stage IV. We both have the CHEK2 genetic mutation as well, that being said I am getting my own biopsy results tomorrow what are the odds of us having the same results should mine come back positive too

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Mar 21, 2018 12:43AM SajeScents wrote:

I was diagnosed as HER2-negative in the left breast (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) and as HER2-positive in the right breast (Invasive Lobular Carcinoma) - two completely separate cancers for which I had bilateral lumpectomies and sentinel node excisions in December 2017. So far, no recurrence.

Dx Dec 2016 - ILC (R); IDC (L); bilateral lumpectomies, Stage IIB ER/PR+, HER2+ 1/8 nodes, Chemo DCH; rads x16 (L) and x25 (R); now on anastrozole daily & Prolia inj q6 months
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Apr 10, 2018 01:39AM shoruq wrote:

good morning ,i have question regarding patient who have breast cancer hormone receptor positive ,took tamoxifien 5 years then switched to anastrazole for 3 years ,hormone therapy stopped completely since 4 months ago ,does it good to continue anastrazole for more 2-3 years to decrease the cancer recurrence risk ,with balance to the joints and bones side effects

your answer will be appreciated ,thanks alot

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Apr 14, 2018 03:22PM Ada85 wrote:

I enjoyed reading this.


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Apr 14, 2018 04:58PM Moderators wrote:

shoruq, we wish we could provide you medical advice, but that is really a very good question for your or your friend's physician. You may want to read more on Arimidex here, to help guide your decisions:

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May 22, 2018 08:01AM Zahid wrote:

Is it effective to start herceptin after the completion of mastectomy, chemo and radio?

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May 22, 2018 08:06AM Zahid wrote:

My mother has ER PR negative and her2 positive...she had mastectomy done first then chemotherapy and radio therapy but no it effective to start herceptin after finishing surgery, chemo and radio?? I want to give her herceptin. Will it be a good decision? I am in deep tension and can not take the decision.

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May 22, 2018 12:08PM Moderators wrote:

Zahid, Welcome to,

What is your mother's doctor saying about starting Herceptin after her other treatments? Of course, only your mother's doctor will know the best course of action for her treatment, so we encourage you to contact her medical team and speak with them about the next steps of treatment, if any.

There's some good information on the timing of Herceptin on the main site's page on How Herceptin Works, which may be helpful.

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Oct 9, 2018 07:40AM marionkluges wrote:

I read the transcript and you have explained to me better then any research I have found. I didn't want to do the chemo as my daughter is a registered nurse at nyu and she has tried to help me not do the chemo. but I see from reading its really the only way to go and maybe after the new pill. my caner didn't get into the lymph nodes which was good.   there really isn't to much research on the triple positive and your article helped

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Apr 11, 2020 04:20AM UnrealTarHeel wrote:

Thank you for posting this and keeping it pinned. Even though it's about what my medical team has been telling me, there was something uniquely reassuring about reading the transcript, seeing it in print, and also being able to go back and reread (and re-reread) it. I appreciated Dr. Meyers's emphasis on the positive statistics. That's such a challenging thing to focus on right now.

Dx 2/28/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 3/26/2020 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/11/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/12/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/24/2020
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Jun 13, 2020 09:55PM - edited Jun 14, 2020 03:12AM by Moderators

Hi Everyone,

I just watched a dr talk about a new drug that has been approved very recently. It is called Tucatinib and is for HER2+. The trial included people with Stage 4 and people with brain mets. So I just wanted to share that is out there!

Best of luck and recovery to all!


(Edited by Mods to remove user's last name from the post. We strongly recommend not posting personal information on a public forum, for your own privacy and security.)

Dx 2/8/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, 2/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 3/2/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 3/2/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 3/3/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 8/11/2018 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 9/11/2018 External: Bone, Brain

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