Cancer Care

Integrated care for hormone receptor-negative breast cancer

Receptors are proteins on tumor cells that make the tumor cells grow and multiply. Hormone receptor-negative breast cancer cells don’t have receptors for either estrogen (ER) or progesterone (PR). This means the cancer cells don’t grow in response to hormones.

Hormone receptor-negative breast cancer accounts for about 25 to 30 percent of breast cancers. It tends to grow more quickly than hormone receptor-positive breast cancer and is more common in premenopausal women.

No matter your type or stage of breast cancer, Goshen Center for Cancer Care can help. We provide a collaborative environment that supports you at every step of treatment and beyond. Our integrative approach to care means you’ll work with board certified, fellowship trained oncologists, as well as mind-body counselors, naturopathic doctors and other specialists. That way, you receive the comprehensive care you need to treat hormone receptor-negative breast cancer in Goshen and Warsaw, IN.

Considering treatment at our center or looking for a second opinion? You can request an appointment with our team or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to talk with our oncology information specialists.

How we diagnose and treat ER/PR negative cancer

Hormone receptor-negative breast cancer is usually first noticed in a mammogram before symptoms, such as a lump, develop. This screening is the most effective way to spot cancer early. If you are a woman over age 40, schedule a mammogram at Goshen Retreat Women’s Health Center by calling (574) 364-4600.

If your mammogram suggests breast cancer, your doctor will perform a breast biopsy. This breast tissue sample provides information such as the specific type of tumor, human epithelial growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status and hormone receptor status.

Based on this information, you and your Goshen Center for Cancer Care team can create a treatment plan. Our goal is to maintain your highest possible quality of life.

Surgery, such lumpectomy or mastectomy, is a treatment option for hormone receptor-negative breast cancer. Radiation therapy may follow your lumpectomy procedure.

Chemotherapy, also offered at our Warsaw location, is another option. If your tumor is positive for the HER2 protein, targeted therapy may also be part of your treatment plan.

Here to help

At Goshen Center for Cancer Care, our breast cancer treatment goes far beyond surgery or therapies. Our Goshen Cancer Survivor Network provides events, support groups and more for current and former patients. Contact our coordinator at (574) 364-2922 or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE).

Goshen Center for Cancer Care serves northern Indiana and southern Michigan with leading-edge treatment for progesterone and estrogen negative breast cancer in Goshen and Warsaw, IN.