Can you be cured from HER2-positive breast cancer? 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.
Where does the HER2 protein come from? HER2 stands for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. It is a gene that makes a protein found on the surface of all breast cells. It is involved in normal cell growth. Genes are the basic units of heredity, passed down from your mother and father.
Is HER2-positive breast cancer genetic? HER2-positive breast cancer is not inherited. Instead, it’s considered a somatic genetic mutation. This type of mutation occurs after conception. Having a close relative with HER2-positive breast cancer does not increase your risk for breast cancer or HER2-positive breast cancer.
Does alcohol cause HER2-positive breast cancer? When we categorized breast cancer by HER2 expression regardless of hormonal receptor status, our study showed that alcohol may be more strongly associated with the risk of HER2− than HER2+ breast cancer, although very slightly so.