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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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Tuesday, August 23, 2011


In response to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer diagnosis of 35yr old, Nancy Block- Zenna who lost her 2 1/2 years battle in 2007,The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 2006 in her honor to raise awareness and to help fund research of this subtype of breast cancer.  TNBC foundation was formed  by Nancy's close friends in hope that better treatment options and a cure for triple negative breast cancer will be found so it's not a threat to her daughter. Early formation of TNBC foundation was the "Peace Love and a Cure campaign" designing beach towels with symbols: a peace sign, a heart and a pink ribbon printed on them in response to the initial refusal of Nancy's health insurance coverage of a recommended chemotherapy treatment. Later, her insurance company approved coverage of her chemotherapy course and the $9,000 raised from the sale of the beach towel campaign was used to start up what is now The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBCF) http://www.tnbcfoundation.org/ourstory.htm

100% of all donations to TNBCF, is used to promote awareness and fund research for this particularly life-threatening disease, triple negative breast cancer.
TNBCF site has a great amount of information in understanding triple negative breast cancer and many resources for your needs including brochures, forums, videos, and survivor stories. In partnership with CancerCare, a TNBC support group was developed as well as a TNBC toll free helpline
Contact to participate in an online support group
To contact an oncology social worker by email

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation(TNBCF)

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