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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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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Breast Cancer Study Points To Cruciferous Vegetables’ Benefit (04/5/12)

Cruciferous vegetables contains phytochemicals, isothiocyanates and indoles that may reduce or risk of death or breast cancer recurrence.
“Breast cancer survivors can follow the general nutritional guidelines of eating vegetables daily and may consider increasing intake of cruciferous vegetables, such as greens, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, as part of a healthy diet,” Nechuta said.
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Cabbage (red)
Collard greens
Brussels sprouts
Bok Choy

"To get the most benefits from cruciferous vegetables we should consume them raw since some benefits are lost due to the heat of cooking.  All of them may be chopped, blended, chewed or juiced since these all break the vegetables cell walls.  So as we chew these vegetables we release the beneficial components.  The key wording here is some…not all benefits are lost to cooking.  Consuming a large variety of these vegetables regularly is the key to boosting your immune system and fighting cancer.  When possible eat them raw but don’t avoid them if you can’t eat them raw or you do not like them raw.  Try to undercook these vegetables slightly to preserve their health benefits."
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