What does it mean if your breast cancer is estrogen positive? When breast cancer cells test positive for estrogen receptors, it’s called estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) breast cancer. It means that estrogen is fueling the growth of the cancer. It’s one of several important characteristics of breast cancer that help determine the best treatment options.
Is it better to have estrogen positive breast cancer? 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.
How is estrogen positive breast cancer treated? AIs, tamoxifen, and fulvestrant can be used to treat more advanced hormone-positive breast cancers, especially in post-menopausal women. They are often continued for as long as they are helpful. Pre-menopausal women might be offered tamoxifen alone or an AI in combination with an LHRH agonist for advanced disease.
What foods to avoid if you have estrogen positive breast cancer?
- Deep-fried foods.
- Non-dairy creamers.
- Packaged cookies and crackers.
- Cake mixes.
- Processed snacks.