Is it better to be her 2 positive or negative for breast cancer?

Cannot control. I think it's best to play with the cards that you are dealt: if one is her2(-), this usually reflects a less aggressive cancer (although this is only one piece of the puzzle); if one is her2(+), there is a very effective chemotherapeutic agent that can only be used in this setting, herceptin (trastuzumab). Either way, we have many very effective options for breast cancer rx and the odds are in our favor.
Her-2-neu +. Is growth factor carrying adverse prognosis, but also affords a treatment option, herceptin, (trastuzumab) the her-2-neu + patients get. Triple negative is worse in prognosis than er/pr- , but her-2-neu positive. Being erudite about prognosis does not eliver psycho/emotional comfort. You can survive with poor prognostic signs, and you can proress and die despite all positive factors. Seek peace/accept.

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Can you recommend natural remedies for someone with her-2 positive breast cancer, or breast cancer in general?

Sorry, no... Your best approach is to see a board certified oncologist. Most women with breast cancer will leave to die of some other process - only about 8-9 % actually die of the disease. If "natural remedies" worked better than traditional, evidence-based therapies, we would all be using them. Good luck. Read more...

Slightly enlarged mediastinal node on car scan... Is this significant? I have stage 2B breast cancer, her 2 positive and recent pulmonary emboli

This may significant. This can be a be a very significant finding. Although biopsy may be indicated, other imaging will probably be ordered first. Certainly, do not drop the ball and follow through on your doctors recommendations. Read more...
Observe. Most likely it's not but you should get a follow up scan in 3 months but if you can get approval a pet scan may be helpful. Read more...

I had a hysterectomy at 26 after her 2 positive breast cancer recurrence during pregnancy. I am overweight and need tips to best lose weight please! ?

Walk and weights. The way to lose weight is to "burn" more calories than you eat. 1st- muscle uses more calories at rest than fat, so increasing muscle in the body increases the calories burned all day, every day. Train with situps, pushups, wall sits, and using elastic bands (huge stretchy bands). 2nd - walk! build up to 2-3 miles a day. 3rd-keep track of calories and workouts. Try "my fitness pal" (free app). Read more...
Good for you! Exercise will decrease your risk of breast cancer recurrence, as will losing weight. I suggest you try an app called "lose it". You can keep track of calories in and calories out. Once you enter a food it's always there for you to choose. I find it very motivating and a good way to keep track of what i'm eating, and a way to see how exercise allows me to eat more! Read more...

In early stage her-2 breast cancer, which is the best option:- is it taking drugs or a total removal of the breast?

2 Different Issues. Mastectomy or Lump-x + Radiation RX are LOCAL treatments of breast cancer, with EQUAL survival rates. One or the other is necessary for all breast CA pt's. CHEMOTHERAPY ("drugs") are SYSTEMIC (whole body) RX's for certain breast cancers. Her2Neu (+) cancers are particularly sensitive to Herceptin (trastuzumab). Please meet with your oncologist to understand the different options you have. Good luck. . Read more...
Chemo then surgery. Her2 (+) breast cancers typically need chemotherapy. Chemotherapy followed by surgery +/- radiation is very good option. Long term outcome no different w mastectomy vs lumpectomy. . Read more...
Local vs Systemic. Early stage breast cancer can often safely be treated with a lumpectomy + Rad Therapy (breast conservation). A mastectomy may be preferred for larger or multiple tumors, cosmetic outcome, or genetic risk. The Her-2 pos does not directly impact the (local) surgical decision at this time, but certainly determines the systemic therapy, specifically the need for Herceptin, Perjeta (pertuzumab) and chemotherapy. Read more...

What is the survival rate for her-2 breast cancer stage 1 to 2 grade 3 for a 70 yr old?

Good. If tumor greater than 0.5 cm, then i would recommend adjuvant herceptin (trastuzumab). If she does not have a lot of medical problems, one would also consider adding chemotherapy as well. If er +, then would also recommend an aromatase inhibitor. With a her2 positive tumor, there is a target to block. That improves the outcome. Hope this helps. Read more...