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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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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Us Breast Cancer Patient's Voices Will Be Heard Within Komen

Komen Scholars Dr. Neil Spector, Dr. Priscilla
Brastianos and Peggy Johnson
Being a guest at Komen's Blogger Summit 2014 in DC was a honor for me where I learned of much greater extent of the successes of Susan G. Komen's Mission in the past 30+ years and moving forward with their new CEO and President, Dr. Judith Salerno.  The one thing I kept hearing over and over during Komen's discussions is "IMPACT", a strong word that shows that we all have the same passion and dedication, to end breast cancer forever. Komen is the largest research funding outside of government.  I learned that Komen has a process of reviewing and approving grants and funds only the best possible researches in breast cancer with $800 million invested thus far in research since 1982. I also learned that Komen's research is  presently focusing in on Inflammatory Breast Cancer and Metastatic Breast Cancer and also, it is the voice of the patients that will be heard within Komen. After experiencing this inspiring "behind the scenes" of Komen's Mission, it reaffirms my trust in Komen with their commitment to us breast cancer survivors and Nancy Brinker's continued fulfillment of her promise that she made to her dying sister, Susan, to do everything in her power to end breast cancer.

Nancy's Promise...

Community Outreach...

Lifesaving Breast Cancer Research...

Shift in Research Focus...

Advocacy and Global Programs...

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