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What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?

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, July 1, 2014

Joan Lunden Diagnosed With Triple Negative Breast Cancer After an All-Clear Mammogram

A week ago, news traveled fast among the breast cancer community that former Good Morning America co-host, Joan Lunden has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the "aggressive kind." What that means to many of us Triple Negative Breast Cancer survivors, could it be TNBC?  Our speculation was confirmed when Joan revealed during an interview with CNN News that she did indeed have Triple Negative Breast Cancer just after having a clear mammogram. As a precautionary measure, an ultrasound had detected two small spots and a biopsy was taken.  "Lunden said her tumor was picked up after an ultrasound, which is used for women who have dense fibrous breast tissue where cancers are not always detectible on mammograms." 
Wishing Joan the very best in her journey and back to good health.
You can read more of Joan Lunden's story at:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/27/health/joan-lunden-cancer-gma/

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