• Concerned sister Concerned sister
    May 05, 2010
    INVASIVE DUCTAL CARCINOMA HER2
    Concerned sister Concerned sister
    May 05, 2010

    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
    May 05, 2010
    Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    May 05, 2010

    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.

    • Concerned sister
      May 05, 2010
      Concerned sister
      May 05, 2010

      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
      May 06, 2010
      Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      May 06, 2010

      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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