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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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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Woman Walks Through Life Painting A Portrait...

Today, August 26th, I am happy to be 5 years being cancer free! I've been trying to find words to describe what I'm feeling as that beast called cancer invaded my body unannounced and made it's bedding in my breast. It scares me to realize how vulnerable our bodies are and yet there is so much more we need to do to be proactive through body awareness, screenings, education, family history, diet and exercise.
I'm very involved in the breast cancer community in hope of making a difference in reminding women that early detection is a serious matter, and please do your monthly breast self-exams and stay on top of your annual mammograms. This past year I've participated in and attended many breast cancer awareness events with my pink sisters, conference and meetings where I've spoken at and have made many connections, interviewed for a video story, interviewed for articles for CURE magazineToledo Blade newspaper and had my survival story published on various health websites and in a breast cancer survivor book of inspirational stories. I continue to blog on my "Triple Negative Breast Cancer, I Won't Back Down! site, reaching out to women across the globe. I'm not sure where this journey will take me from here, but I'm certain the best is yet to come! The ladies that I've met on this path I've been traveling on, they all inspire me as we were brought together because of our Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) fight, and I continue to fight for our Sisterhood.
Soon, I will be planning my TNBC Day 2015 fundraising and awareness campaign again ,for 3 years straight, as I represent the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation as TNBC Champion for the state of Ohio. My passion lies here with the TNBC Foundation and us TNBC sisters, and I hope my family, friends and supporters will support me in my upcoming fundraising efforts to make an impact in research in hope in finding our targeted therapy very soon. Thank you God for bringing me through another year of enrichment and being with my husband and son. Tonight, I will celebrate LIFE with my girls at The Victory Center! Much Love, Melissa xoxo


  1. Congrats on being 5 years cancer free. That is a big milestone! :) I am also diagnosed with TNBC and am still going through treatments. Found your blog recently and love it. I admire your passion for raising awareness for TNBC. You are an inspiration!


    1. Alice, Thank you and I wish you the very best in your treatments and health. Embrace hope :) Melissa


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