Does hormone therapy only help prevent a reoccurence in the breasts? Is breast cancer either ER+ or ER-, or are there degrees of how slightly or strongly a cancer is positive? Are there any benefits to hormone therapy (Aridimex) if the cancer is ER-?
Dear Her2nue, 1) The idea behind the use of hormone therapy in treating breast cancer is to decrease estrogen levels in the body that may stimulate the growth of cancer. Hormone therapy is used after surgery to try to prevent or minimize the growth of microscopic deposits of tumor cells that might grow into a recurrent tumor, it is also used in cases of metastatic breast cancer to control the growth of disease.
2)Pathologists use several techniques to test hormone receptors on tissue, and determine if the breast cancer cells respond, or attach, to estrogen receptors and progesterone receptors on the cell. Breast cancer is termed ER (or PR)-positive if its cells have more than a pre-specified baseline
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.