I am her2+ , was diagnosed last year in October. Had single mastectomy in december, started chemo in february.
My surgeon said her2+ is not good as its aggressive but herceptin brings our stats up to everyone elses. So we're kinda lucky as its so targeted. He was pleased I would have this option. My children think of it as the perfect weapon. 😉
Ive had 2 AC chemo so far from 4 and after that start packlitaxol and herceptin. I have been told as they are targeted the side effects are much less... the current chemo is doable. The anti nausea and steroids make it possible. I tend to sleep for most of 3 days and am very slow for a week, but after that life becomes more normal.
Its one heck of a ride, but once you're on it its not so bad.
if you were HER2+ they would have herceptin to "throw at" your cancer to stop it growing and hopefully not return
Good luck with your results x
I was told today that my tumor is ER- and PR- . I find out (hopefully) on Monday what the HER2 status is. I have been thinking that i hope it's not another negative, or that will make me triple negative. But from what i've read on a couple of forums (like this thread) people worry about being HER2+. So which would be better? to be HER2+ or triple negative? I'm confused
I am from the Marvellous Marchies 2012 thread and I don't post very often now but the forum was a godsend to me at the time. I was Her2+ had WLE , Grade 3, 9mm tumour, had chemo plus IV Herceptin and 20 rads. I just want to say try not to worry too much. I was of the mind set from the start that I would try and keep my life as normal as possible and I did. I worked throughout but went home if I was tired, yes I lost my hair but I didn't have many SE's from the chemo, never sick and the herceptin was no problem at all. With being Her2+ treatment takes a little longer but in 12/18 months life will be pretty much back to normal.
Wishing you all the very best
I'm also HER2+, I was originally negative but oncotype dx showed as positive so local labs retested and found I was positive... bit of a shock. I've had 2 chemos so far and will start herceptin after chemo.
My oncologist said something like... some people worry about being HER2+ but it's not bad it just gives us another way of treating it... or something similar. As Lynny says the herceptin gives an extra benefit, without herceptin I guess it would be a bad thing!
I read an analogy about cancer treatment - hormone and herceptin, which said imagine the receptors as mouths, the cancer can only grow if they're open and being fed, hormone treatment and herceptin close the mouths so the cancer can't feed and grow... I thought it made things simple to understand!
I am HER2+ and on my 15th course of herceptin.
I have not experienced anything untoward having this via subcut injection every 3 weeks.
I don't notice any difference after having the injection...no symptoms of any kind.
Hope that sets your mind at ease. x I know everyone is different.