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Wednesday, May 05, 2010 Concerned sister, Community Member, asks

Q: INVASIVE DUCTAL CARCINOMA HER2

My sister whom is 43 has just found out she had Invasive Ductal carcinoma that is HER2 positive. Please tell me what you can about this and what the survival rate is. She starts chemo next week

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
5/ 5/10 9:12pm

You can read more about invasive ductal carcinoma at this link.  It's the most common type of breast cancer, and most women survive it these days and do just fine.  Tumors that are Her2neu positive tend to be more aggressive, which is probably why her doctor is recommending chemo.  The exact details of her survival rate depend on the size of the tumor, whether it has spread, and other factors such as her estrogen receptor status.  You will find more information on this website about chemo and other issues that your sister will face.  Let us know how we can help.

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Concerned sister, Community Member
5/ 5/10 10:25pm

Thanks so much for the information. She had a lot of scans and blood work done and the cancer is in one area only as of now. She is also being tested to see if it may be hereditary because we have an aunt that had it 2 years ago and my sister has two children. She is a very strong woman and is determined to beat this disease.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
5/ 6/10 8:34am

That's very good news that they didn't find any sign that the cancer has spread. With her strength, your support, and the right treatment, she will be fine.

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By Concerned sister, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 05/05/10