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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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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Article Published in Fall 2013 Issue of Cure Magazine

A few months back I was contacted by a writer from Cure Magazine asking if I would mind telling my story for an upcoming Fall issue of Cure featuring Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). Of course I agreed, anything to bring more awareness to Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I talked of our online support group and how all of us TNBC met up in Seattle for the C4YW breast cancer conference and how I met Brenda Beguin. I spoke of Brenda's amazing story of her triumph over her TNBC recurrence and being NED for the past 2 years giving other Stage 4 ladies HOPE.  The writer was very interested in hearing from Brenda and wanted me to ask Brenda if she would be up to talking with Cure magazine. Absolutely... Brenda's story needed to be heard and to have her story published in a magazine that will be displayed at every oncologist office, breast surgeon's, chemo and radiation waiting rooms, she'll be reaching out to every TNBC Stage 4 patient that is looking for a miracle and giving them hope and renewed strength to never give up.
Brenda, Thank you my sweet sister for your strength in reliving your journey thus far and sharing your story with everyone throughout our country. I know it wasn't easy but you did it, you're surviving and your helping other women.
Also, great article on TNBC and treatments in the pipeline.

Read the article in Fall 2013 Issue of Cure Magazine:
http://www.curetoday.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/article.show/id/2/article_id/2157 (Click link to story)
I traveled from Ohio to Seattle, Wa.
to give Brenda Beguin a hug in
person at the Young Survival
Coalition Conference

"...Throughout her journey, Beguin found hope at Seattle Cancer Care, and strength in online support groups, where she and Paskvan became close friends."


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