What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?
WHAT IS TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER?
Just in recent years, Triple Negative Breast Cancer has sparked interest in the news where instead of calling the tumor as ER-negative, PR-negative, and HER2-negative; researchers began using the shorthand term, "Triple Negative," dubbed the "new type" type of cancer. Being Triple Negative, you don't have a targeted therapy and that your only treatment option is chemotherapy.Triple Negative is seen in about 15% of all breast cancers. Triple Negative is a very aggressive cancer that tends to strike younger women, pre-menopause, especially among African-American women and women who have BRCA1 mutations. The tumor tends to be fast growing and is less likely to show up on an annual mammogram. TN is more likely to metastasis early on; has a high rate of recurrence in the first 2-3 years from diagnosis and has a poorer prognosis than other types of breast cancer due to lack of specific, targeted treatment for TNBC.
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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Annie pushed for research that led to the 1994 discovery of the BRCA1 gene mutation by Dr. Mary-Claire King, a Geneticist. Annie Parker was one of the fist women to be genetically tested for BRCA1 that confirmed her belief of a link between hereditary and breast cancer, upon her receiving a positive diagnosis of the BRCA1 gene mutation.
We met with Annie Parker as she arrived at the University of Toledo Center for Health & Successful Living where she was welcomed by their staff and the support of breast cancer survivors who have participated in their services. From there, we had lunch at 31hundred Restaurant at the Radisson Hotel where we had nice conversations with Annie Parker and showing each other photos of our dogs on our cell phones. Later in the early evening we went to the showing of the film, Decoding Annie Parker that recounts her story of fighting breast cancer and the discovery of the BRCA gene mutation. Annie Parker did speak on the film, her journey and her book, Annie Parker Decoded, followed by a panel discussion by UTMC medical and counseling
doctors and staff. Afterwards, it was off to eat again for dinner at the Inverness Country Club and a recap of the role and importance of genetic testing.
Thank you UT Center for Health and Successful Living, UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences and Annie Park for this wonderful day of sharing stories and education on genetic testing and hereditary breast cancer.
|University of Toledo Center for Health and Successful Living|
with Annie Parker
|Sharing breast cancer stories with Annie|
|Sharing stories of how UT Center for Health and|
Successful Living has helped us survivors in our journey
|University of Toledo's President Sharon Gaber introduces|
Annie Parker during the film, Decoding Annie Parker
|Annie shares her story of breast cancer that|
inspired the movie, Decoding Annie Parker
|Panel discussion on breast cancer research and genetic testing|
|Melissa with Annie Parker with a signed copy of|
her book, Annie Parker Decoded
|Annie discusses how she insisted there was link |
between breast cancer and genetics and pushed for
research in genetic testing which led to the discovery of
the BRCA gene mutation that put you a high risk
of a diagnosis.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
I was grateful for this experience and I had a lot of fun with these group of survivors and even was asked to join them at their upcoming race in Chicago... I had to decline the race invitation for I felt I was not coordinated enough with the paddle plus it was just too physical for me to keep up.
Thank you again Csilla for this wonderful fun experience on the waters and I hope to meet up with your team again for another adventure.
|Motor City Dragon Boat Team|
|That's me, all the way to the back where |
Csilla coached me on paddling
|Us breast cancer survivors...|
TNBC sisters Terry and Melissa on the right end
|Team Motor City Dragons with me standing|
between Terry and Csilla
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
|Help us fight to end breast cancer!|
Nice day for a photo shoot for an upcoming commercial...
Register for May 19, 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk starting at Hensville Park, Downtown Toledo. Lots of great entertainment and activities are planned for this event.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Sunday, March 11, 2018
"I am inspired by all these beautiful lovely ladies pictured in this photo. I admire your strength in your journey to face the challenges you come upon. You all are the reason I continue to fight for our TNBC cause... for continued research, better treatments, a targeted therapy and ultimately a cure. Embrace hope, Hope for more tomorrows!"❤️
Friday, March 2, 2018
Monday, October 2, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
|Proud supporter of Komen, NW Ohio -Melissa|
Close to 94% of patients living with metastatic breast cancer were previously treated for an earlier stage of breast cancer.
Susan G. Komen has announced $31 million in 2017 research grant funding focusing on metastatic breast cancer including:
- Advance in understanding on how and why breast cancer spreads, and how to treat or prevent metastasis
- New treatments of targeted therapies and drug developments for aggressive types of breast cancer, including TNBC
- Why drug resistance occurs in breast cancer patients and how to overcome it
- Disparities in breast cancer outcomes
- Funding young investigators in breast cancer research
|Thank you Northwest Ohio Komen participants and spectators|
for your continued support of us breast cancer survivors!
|All of us survivors in pink!|
|Triple Negative Breast Cancer sisters, Melissa and Genny|
|In Celebration of Melissa Paskvan|
Survivor Champion 8 years!
|Pink sisters Melissa and Joyce|
with our froggie fan!
|Triple Negative Breast Cancer sisters,|
Melissa P. and Melissa J. with cancer researcher,
Dr. Amit Tiwari
|Pink Ribbon survivors!|
Saturday, September 23, 2017
|The Victory Gals are in the house!|
Rita, Carol, Areena, Diane, Beth, Melissa J. Kim, Melissa
|Melissa P., Deb, Rita, Melissa J. and Carol|
First 4 of us on the left are TNBC survivors
|Pink sisters, Lynnette and Melissa|
|Melissa and Chrys Peterson|
Sunday, September 17, 2017
|Educating about unique needs in young|
women diagnosed with breast cancer.
|Melissa representing Young Survival Coalition as|
a State Leader
|Peggy, Dianna, Sharon, Deb and Melissa|
The last 4 of us on the right end are
triple negative breast cancer survivors
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
|I, myself didn't really go over|
the edge... but, I did make a
donation in support of Devorah
and The Victory Center
The Victory Center, whomever registered and raised over $1000 in donations had the opportunity to rappel down from The Edison Building in downtown Toledo, OH.
An amazing over $150,000 was raised from
this event benefiting the services that The Victory Center provides to cancer patients.
On September 8, 2017, Myself and a few other supporters of The Victory Center gathered at downtown to cheer on our breast cancer support group facilitator Devorah, as she went "Over the Edge" of the Edison Building in honor of all of us cancer survivors and to those that we cherish in memory. Devorah had personally raised over $2500 for this fundraiser. So grateful for people like Devorah for making an impact in the lives of cancer patients and survivors.
Devorah, in her own words: "I have decided to add a spiritual component to this event. I will read the names of loved ones whose lives have been touched by cancer as I descend the 16 stories. You are welcome to give me several names to add to this list. The purpose of doing this is to validate the lives of these individuals, and to honor them for going through their cancer journey and fighting to live one day at a time."
|Devorah making her climb down|
|One brave lady!|
|Devorah reads list of cancer survivors |
names as she descends down the
|at about halfway point|
|Reached the Libbey Sign...|
formally the Toledo Edison Building
|Purple Warrior representing all of us survivors|
|So proud of Devorah for |
|Melissa patiently waiting in a line of|
Devorah's supporters to congratulate her
My Favorite Breast Cancer Sites
- Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
- Young Survival Coalition
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- 1 Up on Cancer
- Triple Step Toward The Cure
- American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
- The Victory Center
- Renee's Survivor Shop
- Relay for Life
- The SCAR Project
- CURE makes cancer understandable
- BREASTCANCER.ORG Discussions Boards
- Jennifer Griffin's Blog
- Positives about Negative
- National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Breast Cancer
- Breast Cancer Fund
- The Breast Cancer Site
- Food for Breast Cancer
- Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project
- Ford Warriors in Pink
- Feel Your Boobies