Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Pathology, Markers, Personality
I  received a copy of the pathology report on the tumor.  This is one time when receiving the news "positive" is good.   In analyzing the tumor, the pathologist will look for certain markers to determine the tumor's "personality."  Beyond knowing if something is cancer or not, we'd like to know if the tumor is aggressive, what type of treatment it will respond to, etc.   There are three things that are reviewed:  estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, and HER2.  My results were the best possible combination:  estrogen and progesterone receptor POSITIVE and HER2/neu NEGATIVE

What the heck does that mean?  Well, based on my understanding, estrogen/progesterone receptor positive means that this type of cancer will respond well to estrogen reducing drugs like tamoxifen.  This is good news.  The HER2/neu relates to the growth of the cancer.  Based on my understanding (I can't state that enough), my cancer has a good personality:  not so aggressive and responds well to therapy.  Too bad that didn't describe my last boyfriend!



Written by Jeannette Vagnozzi
2 chimed in

Name: Jeannette
Location: Southern California, USA

This is my story about being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39. I thought I was out of the woods, but four years late it came back. This is my quest to be a two-time survivor.

E-mail me here
Please leave your mark
and sign my guestbook!



Enter your Email


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation
  • Click to join sistersinsurvivorship

    Click to join sistersinsurvivorship


  • www.flickr.com
    This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from TwoHands-Jeannette. Make your own badge here.
  • © 2004 - 2009 by the author of Two Hands

    The contents of this website are protected by applicable copyright laws. All rights are reserved by the author.

    Disclaimer: This site does not provide medical or any other health care advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. Two Hands does not guarantee the accuracy of content and is not responsible for information on any of the websites that are provided as links.

    Powered by Blogger



    Search For Blogs, Submit Blogs, The Ultimate Blog Directory






    "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12