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"I promise, Suzy... Even if it takes the rest of my life." - Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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, April 17, 2014

Remembering TNBC Sister, Adriana Martinez Olsen...

"I appreciate you all for supporting me, being my cheerleaders, being the gals who share your journeys, hardships, tears and laughter morning, noon or in the middle of the night." - Adriana

Diagnosed 2009, TNBC Stage2.  Stage4, Recurrence to chest in December 2010. 
"I'm seriously a miracle because right about now, I wasn't supposed to be here... NED since Aug 31st of last year."  (June 2013)
Adriana remained "no evidence of disease" (NED) for 2+ years while doing Carbo/PARP trial. December 2013, diagnosed with brain mets.
March 2014- Cancer spreads and was taken off the Carbo/Parp trial after at least 44 treatments over the past 3 years since her original recurrence.
Sadly, Adriana Olsen, Age 36, passed away on April 13th, 2014. Us TNBC ladies have been hit with too much heartache these days, we will miss you Adriana.

Back from our trip. Saddened to hear of Janelle's news. 
This is for you gals, and especially for her. Lit a candle in Christ Church Cathedral in 
Dublin, wrote a prayer in the prayer book. Janelle, you are on my mind. 
I have a video of me lighting the candle that I will post on her page with a message. 
Peace and love
— at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin

1 comment:

  1. My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of another TNBC sister. We've lost too many. As if Red Devil & other Chemo wasn't hard enough on our hearts. These numerous losses over and over and too hard to accept. RIP. TNBC sisters. Heartfelt love & care, Angellinda


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