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    Hi there...when filling out my profile did not understand HER. ER, and PR...Could you explain?....My daughter was diagnosed last year with left breast cancer (not sure what type) but she did not have to have chemo just radiation for 6 weeks...I am having radiation following chemo...I am staying with my daughter and family in Texas(she has kidnapped me and won't let me go) lol...Hope you are doing good...I did skip that I have had a lumpectomy...Am I considered a "Survivor" yet or do I have to wait until after treatment? Have a great weekend...It is supposed to rain here at our Annual Heritage Festival so say a prayer to Him and ask him to hold off for us..."Always remember that you are His "Precious One" and we have an inside track....Always, Nita

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      nancyjac

      Hi Nita, welcome to Texas.

      HER, ER, and PR are proteins or hormones that can influence the growth of certain types of cancers. If your cancer is positive for any of those factors, it mean that the availability of those proteins or hormones can cause cells to mutate, grow, and divide more rapidly. Whether a cancer is positive for any of those factors is usually determined with a biopsy and the results will be included in a pathology report. Generally, whether a particular cancer is positive for negative for any of those factors does not alter the course of treatment in terms of surgery, chemo, or radiation, but there are medications that are used post active treatment to suppress available of the proteins and hormones that are positive, thereby helping to prevent future recurrences od those cancers.

      There really is no standard definition for a survivor. So say you are a survivor just by being alive, others consider themselves survivors once they complete active treatment and scans no longer show any evidence of disease.

      Nancy

      over 4 years ago
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      nancyjac

      PS: I didn't read your drug/chemo experience until I posted my previous comment. In that you indicated you were triple negative. That refers to being negative for HER, ER, and PR.

      over 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I have a triple negative right breast cancer early stage; biopsy done: chemo started on a every 21 day treatment plan and only having 1 treatment and minimal side effects so far...Would be interested in hearing more about others who have this sort of cancer.....My chemo consists of Doxorubincin-injection, pegfilgrastim-injection, cyclophosphamide-injection with Nuelasta 24 hours after treatment....Thanks for any information you can provide....