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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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Sunday, August 26, 2012

She Believed She Could...

3 years ago today, I became a survivor of Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) with no targeted therapy yet. I am blessed with each day of life and hold all that are part of my life very close to my heart.
It's been a heart-aching year with

 the lost of 8 TNBC pink sisters this past year, all who were diagnosed after I was and 2 that I was very close to. I continue to fight along side of those that are still battling and those in remembrance that had touched my heart.
I still keep up with my blog/website http://mlsspaskvan.blogspot.com turning it into a more of an informational and inspirational site for TNBC; posting latest research articles, events I've participated in, stories and memorials on my TNBC pink sisters, and other postings of same interests.
With my blog site, I have reached out to people all over the world reaching many countries in every continent with over 38,000 views to my site. My hope is that my site will help others to have hope, give them the strength to fight and to provide resources to get them the information they need to know about this TNBC subtype.
It is discouraging some knowing that there has been very little advancement in research since my diagnosis in 2009, and that Triple Negative Breast Cancer still remains a medical unmet need. Researchers have learned just in the past several months that TNBC is an extremely complex disease.
TNBC is not just one disease but 6 different subtypes of it in itself. Also, each tumor displays multiple "clonal genotypes" with each cancer at a different stage in the evolutionary process at the time of diagnosis which explains why TNBC patients responds so differently to, or is resistance to treatment.
Ladies, Triple Negative Breast Cancer is a very serious disease and is striking much younger women in their 20's, 30's and 40's. Please keep up with your monthly self exams for early detection is key for survival...
and please tell your 20 yr. olds daughters that they need to be doing this too.
I thank you all again for your support in breast cancer awareness ♥

"It's not what I have been through 
in my life that defines who I am, 
it's how I got through it that has 
made me the person I am today!"


  1. Happy 3-year cancerversary to one of my favorite TN friends. 3 years! A landmark with this disease.

    You do wonderful things to honor the new friends you've made by telling your an their personal experiences. And you look out for us by posting the research. A warrior, you are!

  2. Thank you Rachel, what a great compliment. This site is not about me, it's about all of us!
    I really enjoy all the TN ladies that I've met along this journey and I hold you all very close to my heart.

  3. Hi Melissa, I was wondering if I am allowed to post the information you have spoken about TNBC on my Facebook page? I have a lot of women on the page and I feel it would be so informative for them to read. I am a "new" TNBC survivor!!! WHOOO HOOO!!! I just finished my treatments 7 weeks ago. I'm not familiar with the etiquette on blogging so I thought I would ask. Congrats on your 3 year anniversary too!!! Thats so great to hear!!!

  4. Absolutely Laura, please do share and spread awareness of TNBC. Congrats on being a survival and the end of treatments, W00t! <3 Melissa


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