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Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer

Dr. Elizabeth Comen Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Hormone therapy for breast cancer is one line of defense in the vast tool kit for treatment.

It’s used for hormone receptor-positive cancers, which are actually the most common types of breast cancers. When a tumor is “hormone receptor-positive,” it means that a pathologist has run special tests on the cancer to determine that it is positive for either the estrogen and/or progesterone receptor.

When a certain type of cancer tests positive for being hormone-receptive, it means that the cancer needs the hormones estrogen and/or progesterone to grow.

Your doctor will then determine what type of treatment is best for your type of cancer.

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Dr. Elizabeth Comen serves as a medical advisor to SurvivorNet. She is a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Read More

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