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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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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


  1. What a great warrior you are to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Community.... Thank you for your dedication.

  2. Sandy, our fight is not over till they find our targeted therapy and ultimately our cure to rid the world of breast cancer... till then, keep keeping TNBC awareness in the forefront! Much love to you and Whitney xoxoxo

  3. Lotsa luck to Whitney. Enjoy the snoozin time while you can. Thanks for another great post, Melissa. Love how you put a face and voice to folks.


  4. Thank you... All of you TNBC ladies are amazing Rachel, show your faces with pride and let us be heard!

  5. Thanks Deanna, I know one too! *wink*


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