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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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Friday, January 24, 2014

Lori Hunter passes after a determined fight with Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Lori Conroy Hunter, 6 months post chemo
Lori Conroy Hunter, Age 35. Departed January 13, 2014
San Clarita, California. Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

Diagnosed June 2012 at age of 33.  Stage 3, 13cm tumor (not a typo really almost size of Breast) 4/24 Lymph nodes. Bilateral mast. Clear margins, A/C x4 carbo/tax x4 radiation 25x.
September 2013- Found lump in neck. Bone scan was negative, the following day pet scan showed bone mets. Only 7 months out from chemo and diagnosed with recurrence Stage 4, 5 spots on spine and nodes all over. Start chemo again.
October 2013- Brain scan showed 3 mets to brain after episodes of passing out. Had radiosurgery that killed 2 of 3 brain mets.
November 2013- Bone mets progression, spread to pelvic, upper back and arm. Another brain met.
iexempra chemo, radiation to brain and leg
January 2013- So what do you do when your oncologist tells you it's time to stop taking Chemo when you want to keep fighting?
Lori spent her final days resting and every last seconds with her family, her husband and 3 young children.  Lori was a determined fighter and was part of our online support group.
Rest peacefully Lori.

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