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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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Friday, April 29, 2011

In Memory Of Joanne Wattam...


One of my TNBC Support group pink sisters has gotten her wings on April 29, 2011... may you be at peace now, Joanne.

Quoted from a post ion January 18, 2011 in our support group 
"I can remember my onco saying to me last year after my op... if you go 2 yrs without a recurrence then you are doing well... how are you supposed to put that to the back of your mind... he was right... 7 months later i was re-diagnosed.. so am back on chemo again.. but you pick yourself up, dust yourself down and carry on for the sake of your kids, hubby, family and friends..."  - Joanne Wattam

Joanne was diagnosed at age 39 with TNBC, Stage 2, 7 mos out of chemo with a recurrence, found lump in neck.  Joanne just turned 40 and she did develop infections that the doctors couldn't get under control... pneumonia in her lungs for one. Fluid gathered in lungs. 

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