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View in Spanish: Prueba del receptor hormonal

Hormone receptor test (HOR-mone reh-SEP-ter test)
A test to measure the amount of certain proteins, called hormone receptors, in cancer tissue. Hormones can attach to these proteins. A high level of hormone receptors may mean that hormones help the cancer grow.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.