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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, June 27, 2014

Remembering Triple Negative Breast Cancer Sister, Tanya Tigra Russell...

Tanya Tigra Russell, age 42
Diagnosed August 2011
Recurrence May 2013
Departed May 23, 2014
Tanya Russell was part of our online TNBC support group, and we met briefly while attending the Young Survival Coalition (C4YW) Conference 2014 in Orlando this past February. We talked for a few minutes at the hotel's pool, it was a short visit but was happy to meet her. Sadly, Tanya passed on May 23, 2014.  Rest peacefully sweet sister, we'll continue the fight from here. 
Diagnosed August 2011 - TNBC, Stage 2b. BRCA negative. Chemo AC+T 
Recurrence May 2013 - Stage 4 with mets to bone marrow.  
September 2013 - Metastatic disease- Progression while on Abraxane and Xeloda, mets to liver. Starting Eribulin. December 2013 - On Elirubin and it worked, the tumors are gone from the liver. I know that at least a couple of months before passing, the cancer has spread to her brain.

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