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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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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"You're the Strongest Person I Know; You Aren't Going Anywhere."

TNBC sister, Cristy Norwood
Age 36 and pregnant with her 5th child at the time, my Triple Negative Breast Cancer sister, Cristy Norwood recalls the night her doctor called and gave her the news, "I don't know how to tell you this, Cristy, but your biopsy came back showing malignancy. I'm so sorry." Through Cristy's courage and faith, she shares her story of survival.
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Cristy's story, "You're the Strongest Person I Know; You Aren't Going Anywhere." It appears in its entirety on pages 42 to 45 of Cancer with JOY!.

Cristy is truly an amazing friend and I admire her strength and her faith in God. She is an inspiration to all of us, always giving us ladies in our support group many words of encouragement to help us get through our darkest days. I have other postings on Cristy Norwood, please search her name in my blog.

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