• Triple positive question

    Asked by nonnie917 on Thursday, January 31, 2013

    Triple positive question

    What does triple positive HER2/neu, PR and ER mean? Does it mean I can get cancer again anywhere else in my body?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      from http://www.cancervictimshelp.org/189/what-is-triple-positive-breast-cancer/ "Triple positive breast cancer means the tumor tested positive for estrogen progesterone and her2 receptors, each of these are things that feed the cancer. Treatments for each of these are targeted to erradicating the things that feed the cancer"

      over 4 years ago
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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It has nothing to do with metastasis or recurrence. Cells have receptors to which proteins and hormones attach. When to many of them attach, they become abnormal and promote additional growth of these abnormal cells. HER2 is a protein/enzyme and Progesterone and Estrogen are hormones. If the tissue that was biopsied contained cancer cells with excess HER2, Progesterone, and Estrogen receptors, then your cancer is tripple positive.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Triple positive is a type of BC...ER/PR+ means that you can take tamox or AI's after chemo (if you had chemo)...HER2+ means your cancer expresses the HER2 gene and will take Herceptin fr a year.....No guarantees that you will or you won't get cancer somewhere else....

      over 4 years ago

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