No ovary removal for triple-negatives?

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Question from Speed: If I am ER/PR-negative and HER2-negative, can I assume that I would not benefit from getting my ovaries removed (i.e. reduce the risk of a recurrence) as my tumor did not rely on estrogen to grow?
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. You understand that perfectly. Because your tumor was ER-negative and progesterone-receptor-negative, any therapy that works by decreasing the production of estrogen or blocking the effects of estrogen in the body would not be expected to impact your breast cancer.

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 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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