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Is breast cancer HER2-positive curable?

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Kanishka Pandey

Member since 16 October 2017 19 January 2018 at 12:01

HER2 is a gene that creates HER2 proteins or receptors. These receptors help control growth and repair of breast cells. An overexpression of HER2 protein causes out-of-control reproduction of breast cells.

HER2-positive breast cancers are known to be more aggressive than HER2-negative breast cancers and are more likely to recur than HER2-negative breast cancer. The recurrence usually takes place within five years of treatment.

The good news is that recurrence is less likely these days than ever before. This is largely due to the latest targeted treatments. In fact, most people treated for early stage HER2-positive breast cancer don’t relapse. If your breast cancer is HR-positive, hormonal therapy may help reduce the risk of recurrence.

Your treatment plan will probably include a combination of therapies such as:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation

Targeted treatments (medicines like Herceptin, Kadcyla, Perjeta and Tykerb are used in this process) Once the treatment ends, you’ll still need periodic testing for signs of recurrence.