Thank you ladies for participating in my project in putting a face to TNBC, showing that this sub-type of breast cancer is striking younger women of all races. I am proud of each and everyone of you for fighting this disease and for helping me in bringing awareness to Triple Negative Breast Cancer and the need for further research.
Love to all, Melissa Paskvan, TNBC Survivor
|Brenda Hill: TNBC Dx. Feb 2010, Age 48|
Right breast lumpectomy stage 1, 2.5 cm tumor
No node involvement, BRCA 1 and 2 negative.
8 sessions of chemo (ACT), 33 sessions of rads
Grandmother had breast cancer.
Patti Parker-Phillips: TNBC Dx. August 22, 2008, Age 43
Stage 2B - Tumor Size 2 cm. Lymph nodes involved - 1
Treatments - 4 AC, 12 Taxol and 6 or so Avastin.
I participated in a clinical trial for this drug.
Had initial mastectomy in July '10. Decided to have other
breast removed just because I was TN. (Mar '11)
Glad I did, they found abnormal cells.
Sounds like a repeat would have been on the way
at some point in the future.
Elise Flaskerud Peters: TNBC Dx. May 14, 2009, Age 41
Stage 2a, grade 3, 1.8cm tumor with microscopic mets
in 1 lymph node. 6 rounds dose dense Taxotere and Cytoxan & 33 rads.
Also only had lumpectomy and have since had a staph infection at surgery site.
I don't know of BRCA. Because insurance
refused it because I was over 40 and not
enough family history.
Lorraine Richards: TNBC Dx. March 18, 2010, Age 49
Stage 2 or 3, Tumor size unknown
Grade 3, 0 nodes pos.
3/4 AC, 12 Taxol, mastectomy on left side.
I was BRCA neg but have breast cancer on both
maternal and paternal family sides
2.2cm tumor, stage 2A, grade 3, no nodes.
Double mastectomy w/ expanders 4/10.
4 rounds of A/C; 12 rounds of
Taxol ended 10/10. No radiation.
I am BRCA negative
Permanent implants 12/10.
Stage 3, T3, 6 1/2cm tumor 3 positive nodes
Aug 12, 2010 modified radical mastectomy right breast
4 rounds of Epirubicin, Adriamycin, Cytoxan,
12 rounds Taxol, 28 rounds radiation.
I requested the BRCA test but didn't get it.
Stage 3b, Tumor 3ish CLOSER TO 4cm, 6 Lymph node
8 weeks of Adriac/Cytoxin and 8 weeks of Taxotere
Stephanie Flores: TNBC Dx. July 2010, Age 26
Stage: 1, Tumor: 1.5 cm, Nodes: 0/3
Stage 1, 1cm, no node involvement,
8 AC & T treatments, 30 radiation
Raymon Bessix: TNBC Dx. January 27, 2009, age 45
IDC/TNBC, Stage 2, 3cm, Grade 5, 1/7 nodes
Lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. BRCA neg.
Kitty Francisco Griffin: TNBC Dx. December 21, 2009, Age 41
Stage 2, Grade 3... tumor was 1.5cm with microscopic cells
through out breast, bilateral mass. 4 out of 14 nodes
positive, 4 dense dose AC ,13 Taxol, 38 rads.
Michelle Field Allen: TNBC Dx. April 12, 2010, Age 40
Stage 2a, 1.7cm tumor, 1 bad node out of 10.
8 rounds of AC and T dose dense and 33 rads.
Karen Miller Herbert: TNBC Dx. July 18, 2009, Age 51
Stage 2b...largest tumor 1.2cm but many others
throughout the breast, 6 out of 16 bad nodes...
8 rounds of ACT dose dense and 28 rads.
Rachel Pappas: TNBC Dx. September 2009, Age 50.
Stage 2b, 3cm tumor, 2 of 16 nodes positive.
4 rounds AC - once every three weeks. 12 rounds
Taxol once a week, though I had to delay a few of
them because I became severely neutropenic.
Tested BRCA negative
|Linda McCart Tajik: TNBC Dx. January 14, 2009, Age 49|
2.5 cm tumor, Grade 3, Stage 2a
0 nodes BRCA 1&2 neg.
mastectomy, chemo Cytoxan and
Taxotere x 4
Donna C Stauffer: TNBC Dx. June 2009, Age 49
Diagnosed after a routine yearly mammogram. Stage 1, grade 3, 1.5 cm, 0/5 nodes. Bi-MX 6/2009, Chemo X 4 (Taxotere/Cytoxan) finished September 2009. No family history and BRCA negative. Breast reconstruction surgery in Nov 2009 with silicone implants. Recurrence to an Internal Mammary node 10/2010 (Restaged - Now Stage 3A).
BSI-201 trial (Gemzar, Carboplatin, Iniparib) from Nov 2010 until April 2011, whole breast and regional node (IMRT) radiation, 40 rounds, finished June 2011. Pet/CT 10/2011 - NED. CT Scan 8/2012 - NED. CT Scan 4/2013 - NED.
My mom, Maureen: TNBC Dx. Sept 2010, Age 62
Stage 2, left breast small lump. Lumpectomy 7/20/10
One bad node - fat pad removal. 8 rounds of AC and Taxol,
35 tx of Radiation. BRCA Neg.
|Jennifer Arnholt Cannon: TNBC Dx. March 16, 2010, Age 29|
Stage 2a, Grade 3, 2.1cm tumor, 0 nodes positive.
4 rounds of AC + 4 rounds of Taxol. No radiation.
Bilateral mastectomy 4/8/10.
Maureen Judge Jacoby: TNBC Dx. Sept. 2, 2009, Age 43
Denise Griffin: TNBC Dx. August 2002, Age 37
Large tumor..13 nodes, all clean..
6 x chemo, lumpectomy, 25 rads.
Dx BRCA 1 pos.
Double mastectomy and oophorectomy
Stage 2a 2.2cm tumor, 0 nodes positive of 16.
4 rounds Taxotere and Cytoxan. No rads.
Mastectomy right side
The Most Beautiful People
We Have Known are Those Who
Have Known Defeat, Known Suffering,
Known Struggle, Known Loss,
And have Found their Way
Out of the Depths.
These Persons Have an
Appreciation, a Sensitivity,
And an Understanding of Life
That Fills them with Compassion,
Gentleness, And a Deep Loving Concern.
Beautiful People... Do Not just Happen.
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You ladies are the most beautiful people I know... Love you all!