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Question from PYoung: Please clarify what test reveals whether one is hormone-receptor-negative. I didn't find it (or didn't recognize it) on the pathology report following my breast cancer biopsy.
Answers - Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. The hormone receptor testing needs to be specifically requested. Usually this is done routinely by the surgeon. When patients have biopsies (usually before definitive surgery), oftentimes the sample is either small, or it is thought that hormone-receptor testing can be done on the definitive surgical specimen. So long as there is adequate tissue (which is usually the case), hormone receptor status can be requested even after the fact.

You might want to look at Breastcancer.org's section on Your Pathology Report, which will show you where to look for the information you need.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Hormone-Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer featured Kathy D. Miller, M.D., Marisa Weiss, M.D., and moderator Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. answering your questions about a wide range of issues related to hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in November 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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