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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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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"If I Gotta Be Bald I Might As Well Cash In On It, Right?"... Memory Of My Triple Negative Breast Cancer Sister, Shannon Baker Freeman

Shannon Baker Freeman, Age 43.

This morning, July 30, 2012, we are saddened for we lost a dear Triple Negative Breast Cancer Sister to this very aggressive disease. Shannon Baker Freeman fought for the last 1½ year as the cancer recurred to her lungs and liver before finding out it metastasized to her brain just a few days before her passing. Recalling my first memory of our online support group sister, Shannon who put up a post about her entering a March Baldness contest and needed our votes, "If I gotta be bald I might as well cash in on it, right?!? Please vote for me :)"  All of us sisters rooted for Shannon and prevailed in Round 1 with 68% over 32% of votes. It was exciting for all of us as the contest and voting was a fun distraction from the toll of worriness that comes along with a breast diagnosis. Shannon advanced to Round 2 of "Bald Madness", came in close with 48% to 52% of votes but didn't make it to the 3rd. Round. I knew then that Shannon had the courage to stand up to her cancer, and kept fighting back harder. So tonight we have another pink angel guarding over us... Thank you Shannon for sharing your life, strength, support and kindly, your friendship with us all. It was a blessing to have gotten to know you and being united in Sisterhood. Love you my dear sister friend... rest peacefully knowing that we'll keep fighting for our targeted therapy to be found and one day, the cure. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Breast Cancer Patients Suffer Treatment-Related Side Effects Long After Completing Care, Penn Study Shows

"More than 60 percent of breast cancer survivors report at least one treatment-related complication even six years after their diagnosis, according to a new study led by a researcher from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings are part of a special issue of Cancer devoted to exploring the physical late effects of breast cancer treatment and creating strategies to prevent, monitor for, and treat these conditions in the nation's 2.6 million survivors of the disease."...
Breast Cancer Patients Suffer Treatment-Related Side Effects Long After Completing Care, Penn Study Shows (Click link for full story)  http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2012/04/breast-cancer/

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Start Of A Friendship, Quickly Taken By Triple Negative Breast Cancer... Megan Castillo

Megan was diagnosed in June 2011 with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer with lots of positive nodes. Megan had just finished treatments in March 2012 and followed up with a pet scan. Scan showed mets to sternum nodes. Now Stage 4 as of April 2012 and married almost 3 years, Megan's world was shattered as her dream of being a mother would not be, She was "pissed off" were her exact words.
Mets continued to brain and had radiation on it. Megan also started a clinical trial, Xeloda but the cancer continued to metastasis to her shoulder and arm, then quickly to her lungs and liver. Megan was so excited to finally take her dream honeymoon to Bahamas on June 23rd... that never happened; sadly, Megan passed on June 30, 2012 at the age of 35.
Good bye my dear friend, you found peace.

(link to obituary)

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