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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?

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, May 23, 2015

Komen Series # 2: Urgency in the Metastatic Breast Cancer Community

In the coming days, I'll be sharing a series of posts of what I learned at the 2nd Annual Komen Blogger Summit that I attended on May 8, 2015 in Washington DC. Here, I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Judith Salerno, CEO and President of Susan G. Komen as she discussed their mission over dinner.

Women living with metastatic breast cancer are not a statistic, they are individuals who have plans for their lives too.  Dr. Judith Salerno understands there's an urgent need from Komen to help women with metastatic breast cancer in what they need now to live as full of life as they can for however days that may be.  Komen is making it a priority to help find a new drug to extend the lives of women living with metastatic disease. 

With over 1400 organizations in the United States working to fight breast cancer, Dr. Judith Salerno is very passionate about encouraging collaboration among these other organizations who are willing to work with Komen to do what they need to do to reach their common purpose of ending breast cancer and suffering. Salerno stated that they need to get the message out, "together we can do so much more than we can do alone."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing .Yes, needs to be more work to try and find better options for metastatic cancers.

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