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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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
|Melissa Paskvan on bottom pic|
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, Breast Medical Oncology Program
University of Chicago Medicine
April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
"I appreciate you all for supporting me, being my cheerleaders, being the gals who share your journeys, hardships, tears and laughter morning, noon or in the middle of the night." - Adriana
Diagnosed 2009, TNBC Stage2. Stage4, Recurrence to chest in December 2010.
"I'm seriously a miracle because right about now, I wasn't supposed to be here... NED since Aug 31st of last year." (June 2013)Adriana remained "no evidence of disease" (NED) for 2+ years while doing Carbo/PARP trial. December 2013, diagnosed with brain mets.
Sadly, Adriana Olsen, Age 36, passed away on April 13th, 2014. Us TNBC ladies have been hit with too much heartache these days, we will miss you Adriana.
|Back from our trip. Saddened to hear of Janelle's
This is for you gals, and especially for her. Lit a candle in Christ Church Cathedral in
Dublin, wrote a prayer in the prayer book. Janelle, you are on my mind.
I have a video of me lighting the candle that I will post on her page with a message.
Peace and love
— at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
"Thank you to all my Sisters who fight right along beside each other no matter what their own circumstances....what a Blessing you all are! Much Love! Cheryl"
"My original Dx TNBC Stage IIB was 10-27-11, clear margins and no lymph node involvement but had recurrence 8-20-12 and progression in June, 2013 while on Taxol Avastin. I have mets in both lung and a spot on my spine.... Stage IV."
was originally on Cytoxan/Taxotere x 6, had 35 radiation but mets in
less than a year. I then did Avastin/Taxol, then Erubulin. In
September I had a lung biopsy, but started Xeloda while they wait to put
me into a clinical trial. Then boom... Saturday
night hit with a lot of dizziness, and symptoms. This all now confirmed
with an MRI Yesterday showing brain mets." Underwent gamma knife to remove 6 cancerous tumors. - October 2013
Started Cytoxan and Methotrexate in
pill form. Radiation treatments on tumor on chest that was affecting her pulmonary function and tumor on her spinal cord. - December 2013
Cheryl Wilkerson, age 56, lost her battle to TNBC on February 27, 2014. We'll always remember your courageous fight, TNBC sister.http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thesouthern/obituary.aspx?n=cheryl-wilkerson&pid=169901394&
Feb. 15, 2013- Started chemo first, AC hard time with nausea, tumor shrank
June 2013- Tumor started growing again rapidly during Taxol active treatment, Taxol stopped working. Stopped chemo treatments and scheduled urgent mastectomy
August 2013- scans clear
October 2013- bruised feeling pain on right side of head. Brain CT clear.
October 27, 2013- Intense "bruise pain" in chest/ribcage area. Cancer recurrence in both lungs, liver and bone
December 2013- Skull mets, protruding bulge on side of head. cancer spread to spine. Doesn't think the chemo is working. vision issues. Start full brain radiation.
"My toddler kissed me yesterday and said, "Mommy I hope your cancer gets better" and I just lost it!"
December 27, 2013- Cancer did not respond to Carbo/Gemsar chemo, spread to more organs and brain and increased in size my 20% in 8 weeks.
"Oncologist voiced the fear that has been in my head for weeks now -- that I have some crazy-strong-aggressive form of chemo-resistant breast cancer."
"...cry and ask God "Why? Oh why?" I HATE this damn disease and all the evil associated with it and the Hell it creates for families... words fail me when I try to explain how heartbroken I am about my two babies having to grow up without their mother because of this disease. God please give me more time... and help us to find a cure for this evil. Surely love can overcome even this evil. Please God, please..."
January 2014- Start Xeloda
Marijke J. (Van Fleet) Silvent, age 40, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, in Leesburg, VA, after battling triple-negative breast cancer for over a year. You are missed by your TNBC sisters.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and Medscape Oncology presents a guide for patients, Triple Negative Breast Cancer 2014: Expert Perspectives. This guide is based on an educational discussion on treatment strategies for TNBC by a panel of TNBC experts, Dr. Lisa Carey, Dr. Lisa Newman and Dr. Eric Wiener. Click on link to download:
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
My Favorite Breast Cancer Sites
- Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
- Young Survival Coalition
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- 1 Up on Cancer
- Triple Step Toward The Cure
- American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
- The Victory Center
- Renee's Survivor Shop
- Relay for Life
- The SCAR Project
- CURE makes cancer understandable
- BREASTCANCER.ORG Discussions Boards
- Jennifer Griffin's Blog
- Positives about Negative
- National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Breast Cancer
- Breast Cancer Fund
- The Breast Cancer Site
- Food for Breast Cancer
- Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project
- Ford Warriors in Pink
- Feel Your Boobies