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If you have a breast cancer gene abnormality and you develop breast cancer, your doctor will work with you to determine how your BRCA status might affect your treatment decisions. For example, if you have a BRCA1 mutation, the breast cancer is less likely to be estrogen-receptor-positive, which means that you may not be a candidate for treatment with hormonal therapy. If you have a BRCA2 mutation, however, you are more likely to be a candidate for hormonal therapy. Because research on the PALB2 gene is ongoing, it’s not clear yet if cancers caused by a PALB2 mutation are likely to have specific characteristics.