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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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Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Visit for TNBCDay 2014 Informational Session with Dr. Lisa Newman

On March 3, 2014, the day where TNBC Awareness is nationally recognized with many grassroots events planned in support of bringing awareness to Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Any money raised during these events and online events will be donated to the TNBC Foundation in it's efforts in funding research to help find our targeted therapy for TNBC.  I started a fun day off by attending an informational session with my pink sister, Jyll up in Dearborn, MI with Dr. Lisa Newman, a very well respected oncologist from the University of Michigan Medical Hospital, who has done extensive research on TNBC in African-American women. I also had the pleasure of meeting up with my TNBC sister, Maureen from my online support group. I was very excited to meet Maureen and she was so sweet to talk to.

“Triple Negative Breast Cancer is one pattern of the disease, but it is one that we have to have a heightened sense of awareness,”  - Dr. Newman said.

My notes from the session:

- Basal-Like  and TNBC tumors have a  80% overlap
- Carboplatin drug treatment is more effective in TNBC tumors
- Latest research: Androgen receptor (marker)
- 30% of TNBC patients will have an recurrence

Brain - 30%
Liver - 40%
Lung - 20%
Bone - 10%

Who does TNBC affect?
White-American - 16%
African-American - 26%
Ghana-African - 82%

TNBC Frequency
Young women
Palpable breast lump 
Chemo therapy 
Mets to Brain 
Less likely to recur after 5 years.

Obesity linked to risk of TNBC: Stay fit, eat well balanced diet

Pink sister, Jyll and Melissa

TNBC sister, Maureen and Melissa

Melissa and Dr. Lisa Newman

Us TNBCDay supporters with Dr. Lisa Newman

(Click link to story)

(Click link to Dr. Newman's research)


  1. Wow... 30% recurrence. .. that's high. .. going to try to do whatever to prevent that.

    I'm 41 too with TNBC diagnosed in Oct 2013 just finished chemo

    1. Don't let statistics scare you, you're not a statistic! Live a healthier lifestyle and live life today. I'm glad you're done with chemo, I'm sure it was tough but got through it! Wishing good health and much happiness.
      _ Melissa


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