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"I promise, Suzy... Even if it takes the rest of my life." - Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Test Could Detect Breast Cancers Earlier in Young, High-risk African-American Women

In a recent study, it suggests that testing on how the body's cells consume and breakdown sugar that activate cancerous insulin signaling pathways in Triple Negative Breast Cancer, may give researchers insight in detecting and preventing this cancer.  These studies revealed that young women that are prone to develop gestational diabetes and prediabetes, where the body produces increased sugar, may fuel precancerous cells, turning them into cancerous cells. This condition can be controlled through exercise, weight loss and diabetes drugs.

“One of the hallmarks of really aggressive cancers is that they start taking sugar, breaking it down and turning it into energy,” she said. “It becomes their primary source of energy and that allows the cancer cells to grow rapidly.”
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Melissa Etheridge, Still An Inspirational Icon For All Of Us Breast Cancer Survivors...

"I Run For Life"

It's been years since they told her about it
The darkness her body possessed
And the scars are still there in the mirror
Everyday that she gets herself dressed
Though the pain is miles and miles behind her
And the fear is now a docile beast
If you ask her why she is still running
She'll tell you it makes her complete
I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth
For all that is real
I run for your mother your sister your wife
I run for you and me my friend I run for life
It's a blur since they told me about it
How the darkness had taken its toll
And they cut into my skin and they cut into my body
But they will never get a piece of my soul
And now I'm still learning the lesson
To waken when I hear the call
And if you ask me why I am still running
I'll tell you I run for us all
And someday if they tell you about it
If the darkness knocks on your door
Remember her remember me
We will be running as we have before
Running for answers
Running for more


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Susan G. Komen Survivor Breakfast 2011

I was among the nearly 600 breast cancer survivors who attended the 18th Annual Susan G. Komen survivor breakfast.

Me with Chrys Peterson, WTOL News Anchor

Me with my Victory Center breast cancer group survivors

Spot my signature?

Me with Mary Westphal, Executive Director of 
Susan G. Komen of Northwest, Ohio affiliate 

Me with my Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor 
friends Diane on my left and Genny on my right

Treatments For Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Progression And Staging

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week And National Previvor Day

Know your body, know your family history, know your risks!

In 2010, FORCE pushed and succeeded through The House of Representatives, declaring the last week of September as National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week and and National Previvor Day. HBOC week is recognized with increased awareness to the hereditary link between breast and ovarian cancer as we move from National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September) to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). National Previvor Day is designated to the last Wednesday of September marked by awareness to those who are carriers of the inherited gene mutation making them vulnerable to developing the cancer in their lifetime.  http://interact.stltoday.com/pr/lifestyle/PR09221001424397 

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Note: 80% of women with inherited BRCA1 gene mutation that has a breast cancer diagnosis tends to be triple-negative
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

TNBC: Find Our CURE, Fund Our CURE

Us Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivors need your help in the fight against TNBC. Please consider a donation to find our targeted therapy at The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation at http://www.tnbcfoundation.org
More importantly, be proactive against TNBC: Monthly Breast Self Exams, annual clinical exam and annual mammogram as recommended by your physician.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Keep On Keeping On Whitney, My Triple Negative Breast Cancer Sister!

Sandy and daughter, Whitney Lowe
On Wednesday, I was thrilled to meet another Triple Negative Breast Cancer sister, Whitney, 25 and her mother, Sandy whom I met  through our online TNBC support group. Whitney is currently undergoing a clinical trial, HOG 1110. Cisplatin and Parp inhibitor through Indiana's Hoosier Oncology, bringing leading cutting edge cancer treatments and research close to home to her at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland.  I had a really nice visit with Whitney and Sandy, both lovely ladies. As I promised to Whitney that I would come back and visit again, she responds, "Thank you for driving all the way to Cleveland to watch me sleep. LOL Looking forward to seeing you again." It's all good Whitney, it was my pleasure... I've been there too, sleep through the chemo.

Sandy, her daughter Whitney and me

Whitney getting her chemo and me

Me and Sandy

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible."  ~Christopher Reeve

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