Test for epidermal growth factor?

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Question from Nancy: Can a woman be tested for the epidermal growth factor?
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. Yes and no. There are several tests for the epidermal growth factor, and those different tests can give very different results on the same tumor. Because these tests are newer and not standardized, the results are often inconsistent and it is not yet known which test best predicts the risk of recurrence or the potential benefits from therapies that block this growth factor. So the short answer is yes, it can be tested, but we don't know what the results mean.

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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