Women who are diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer have high levels of the HER2 protein on the outside of their cancer cells. For patients with early-stage disease, meaning they have relatively small tumors and no lymph involvement, a number of HER2-directed therapies have dramatically changed the landscape. These include drugs like Herceptin and Perjeta.
According to Dr. Elizabeth Comen, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and an advisor to SurvivorNet, there are also several drugs that have improved overall survival for patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer.
Your treatment can be guided by factors including hormones, genetics, and the specific characteristics of your specific cancer.
A mastectomy involves removing the breast – a treatment route many patients with breast cancer feel they will have no choice but to undergo. But it’s not the only surgical option.
When Should You Consider a Mastectomy?
What is Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy?
Lumpectomy or Mastectomy?
Prophylactic Mastectomy For High-Risk Women
How to Choose a Surgeon – Does Volume Matter?
Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer
What is Tamoxifen?
Hormone Therapies for Breast Cancer: Aromatase Inhibitor
Verzenio Is Significant-- Cuts The Risk of Cancer Coming Back In Some Women With Early Breast Cancer-- A First For CDK4/6 Inhibitors
What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?
Treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment for Early Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment Sequence for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment Options for Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment Options
For patients who do have to have their breasts or a piece of their breasts removed, there are a number of surgical reconstruction options available.
Breast Reconstruction: Regaining Your Sense of Self
Implant Reconstruction After a Mastectomy: The Options
The Last Frontier: Restoring Sensation After Mastectomy
Breast Reconstruction: Implants vs. Your Own Tissue
Saline vs. Silicone Implants