What does it mean when we say that the breast cancer is hormone receptor positive? A breast cancer is estrogen receptor-positive if it has receptors for estrogen. This suggests that the cancer cells, like normal breast cells, may receive signals from estrogen that tell the cells to grow. The cancer is progesterone receptor-positive if it has progesterone receptors.
What does it mean to be hormone receptor positive? Listen to pronunciation. (HOR-mone reh-SEP-ter PAH-zih-tiv) Describes cells that have a group of proteins that bind to a specific hormone. For example, some breast cancer cells have receptors for the hormones estrogen or progesterone.
What is the survival rate for hormone positive breast cancer?
|Stage at diagnosis||Percentage living after 5 years|
|localized (hasn’t spread outside the breast)||99 percent|
|regional (has spread to nearby tissue or lymph nodes)||86 percent|
|distant (has spread to distant organs)||28 percent|
|all stages combined||90 percent|
Is it better to be hormone receptor positive or negative? Hormone receptor-positive cancers tend to grow more slowly than those that are hormone receptor-negative. Women with hormone receptor-positive cancers tend to have a better outlook in the short-term, but these cancers can sometimes come back many years after treatment.