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What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?

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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Friday, April 5, 2013

Stroll for Strides Against Breast Cancer 2013

"Hello, welcome to Chico's. My name is Melissa and I
am a 3½ yr. Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor!"

I participated in Stroll for Strides as a breast cancer survivor store greeter at Chico's of Levis Commons, Perrysburg as part of their scavenger hunt event for prizes and store discounts. An evening of good company and yummy appetizers with my survivor friends from The Victory Center. 

Melissa and Making Strides Honoree, Kathleen Walsh.
Kathleen is an Inflammatory Breast Cancer Survivor
whom I've met in our support group at The Victory Center.

My Story and my message to you... 

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