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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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|Melissa Paskvan and Dr. Mohamed|
|Melissa P., Val, Barb, Diane, Rita, Melissa J. and Jamie|
4 of us are TNBC survivors!
|Melissa and Dianne Cherry, Executive Director |
of The Victory Center
|Dianne Cherry, Melissa, Chrys Peterson and Barb|
|Massimo Cristofanilli, M.D., F.A.C.P.|
|Dr. Cristofanilli taking questions from the audience of|
mostly TNBC Survivors. Seated on the left is Arlene Brothers of
the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation