Testing for HER2 + protein is very important as it helps determine the best breast cancer treatment.
Reviewed: April 22, 2014
Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. Some women have (HER2+) breast cancer. (HER2+) stands for Human Epidermal growth factor receptor 2 positive. (HER2) is a special protein found on breast cancer cells that controls cancer growth and spread. HER2 testing is done to determine the best treatment.
What the results mean
Women with HER2+ breast cancer have a more aggressive disease. They have a higher risk that the disease will return than in women who do not have this type. If the test finds the genes to be HER2+, there is a specific treatment to target this type of breast cancer.