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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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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Remembering TNBC Sister, Colleen Tice...

Colleen Tice
December 12, 2012, Colleen Tice was Diagnosis with Stage 3c, Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Colleen had lost her mother to TNBC in 2010.  In December 2013, Colleen was having pain in her neck that affect her hearing and vision and had said at times, it's like looking through a kaleidoscope. Colleen underwent brain scans, spinal MRI and x-rays and was excited that each test came back, "Clear" and hearing, "No cancer." Her oncologist was baffled as to what could be causing Colleen's pain and had referred her to a neurosurgeon. Colleen had passed on January 27, 2014 at the age of 41. 
After her passing, it was learned that Colleen's cause of death was indeed cancer... cancer was found in the meninges lining of her brain, cancer at her brain stem and a cancerous lymph node in her chest near her airway. 
Colleen Tice, another sister from our online support group, gone too soon.

Excerpt taken for her obituary written by her husband: "She knew she was going to beat this ugly thing. Always telling me "no worries daddy, no worries". Colleen was determined to show her boys that you can survive cancer..."

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Colleen-Tice&lc=4425&pid=169427136&mid=5839285 (Click link to obituary)

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