Is HER2 breast cancer serious? Experts consider the HER2+ breast cancer to be more aggressive than some other breast cancers. That means it may grow faster without treatment. The good news is that treatment for the HER2+ type has improved, so the outlook for you or a loved one is likely better than what some of the numbers show.
Is it good to be HER2-positive or negative? Breast cancer cells with higher than normal levels of HER2 are called HER2-positive. These cancers tend to grow and spread faster than breast cancers that are HER2-negative, but are much more likely to respond to treatment with drugs that target the HER2 protein.
Is HER2 breast cancer curable? HER2-positive breast cancer is highly curable because of the availability of these HER2-targeted therapies, so we treat patients fairly aggressively upfront to reduce the risk of them experiencing a stage IV recurrence.
Is HER2-positive breast cancer a death sentence? Current treatment algorithms for invasive HER2-positive disease has transformed the face of a disease with a death sentence to one with prolonged and overall survival benefit.