hormone receptor


A protein on or in a cell that binds with a specific hormone, which can cause different changes to take place in the cell.

For certain types of cancer, a lab test will be used to find out if cancer cells have specific hormone receptors (referred to as hormone receptor status). Cancer cells that have the receptors are referred to as receptor positive (+). Cancer cells that don’t have the receptors are referred to as receptor negative (–).

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