Glossary of Medical Terms

human EGF receptor 2

A protein involved in normal cell growth. It is found on some types of cancer cells, including breast and ovarian. Cancer cells removed from the body may be tested for the presence of human EGF receptor 2 to help decide the best type of treatment. Human EGF receptor 2 is a type of receptor tyrosine kinase. Also called c-erbB-2, HER2/neu, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2.

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