Why less research on ER/PR-negatives?

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Question from Steph: Why is there less research out there about hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer?
Answers - Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. Simply because it's less common.
Kathy D. Miller, M.D. I'm not sure there's less research about hormone-receptor-negative cancer, but you have to remember that we can't design a therapy to target a negative, or something that is missing in the cancer. So much of the research has focused on trying to identify what does drive the growth of those hormone-receptor-negative cancers, and then developing a therapy to target those factors. That research is just now developing into therapies that are in clinical trials.

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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