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, June 30, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
As Nancy Brinker takes stage, she held a moment of silence to remember those who were no longer with us and honors the live and stories of the survivors that were present. Nancy expressed her gratitude of support with this heartfelt closing:
"I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Susan Komen thanks you and everyone who helps do this every single day all over the world to make a better world, a world without breast cancer."
With over 15,000 Race for the Cure walkers, it was a slow start for me just getting pass the starting line, where Matt Goss and Nancy Brinker stood as they greeted, shook hands and posed for photographs. With my camera on hand, I couldn't pass up one last photo opportunity and a hug from Komen's great supporter, Matt Goss. It was a gorgeous day walking for my "cause" and taking it all in, as I walked past many well-known memorials and monuments along the beautiful 3 mile stretch in Washington DC.
Tears came to my eyes as I approached the finish line and receiving my "survivor medallion" for I wanted to share this amazing experience with my mother, whom I lost just 3 months prior. I always loved sharing my stories and photos with my mom throughout my journey. Below, enjoy the photos I've taken during Race for the Cure.
|Komen Bloggers heading to VIP tent|
|Komen Bloggers and Community Outreach Grantees|
|I walked for all of my TNBC sisters!|
|Hulk Hogan, WWE,|
Grand Marshal for Komen
DC 2015 Race
|Partnership with WWE to race to end breast cancer|
|Dr. Judith Salerno, Hulk Hogan and Nancy Brinker|
|Standing where Hulk Hogan once stood...|
|Nancy and Dr. Salerno's commitment to Komen|
|Matt Goss gets walkers pumped with his song, Strong|
|Ready to walk 3 miles!|
|Matt Goss and Nancy Brinker greeting walkers|
|Matt Goss and Melissa Paskvan|
|Matt Goss and Nancy Brinker at the starting line|
|Walking amongst 15,000 people!|
|Melissa at Jefferson Memorial|
|Duckies at Jefferson Memorial|
|Detoured to see MLK Memorial|
|Passing the Lincoln Memorial|
|Walked through FDR Memorial on the way|
|“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every |
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror.
I can take the next thing that comes along.’
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
|Jefferson Memorial up-close|
|Zooming camera in for view of The White House|
|View of Lincoln Memorial from Washington Monument|
|View of The Capitol from Washington Monument|
|This is for you Mom, I'm a survivor!|
|Komen has been and continues to make progress|
Sunday, June 21, 2015
- Metastatic Breast Cancer
- Training young investigators for the next generation of breast cancer researchers
- Breast health disparities in uninsured women
1 in 5 patients diagnosed with breast cancer are living with metastatic disease. Treatment can relieve symptoms, extend and improve quality of life for many years, but most patients with metastatic breast cancer cannot be cured. Komen is looking into expanding care for women living with metastatic breast cancer... What do they need and what do they need now to live life to the fullest for however long their life may be?
|ANTONIO WOLFF, M.D.|
|Dr. Wolf, Dr. Raffey and Dr. Stover|
|DANIEL G. STOVER, M.D.|
KOMEN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
At last years conference, Komen marketing team and bloggers discussed Komen's website and social media. Suggestions were made to Komen in efforts of reaching a wider audience and what information a person may be looking for when they go to the Komen Website. Komen is committed to building relationships with people they serve. Since then, Komen had expanded their social media. In addition to Facebook and Twitter, they have added Pinterest and Instagram to their Website. Komen has revamped their website to make it easier to navigate and have topics geared towards what part of their journey they are in now and issues they are facing as they're going through their journey. Komen has been adding personal stories of breast cancer survivors to inspire others to have hope and see the faces of others surviving and/or living with breast cancer. Komen has received a lot of positive feedback and more traffic to their website since they updated and improved it. People need to hear what Komen's focuses are and changes they're making was suggested by one blogger. Also suggested, some bloggers agreed that Komen should get rid of the word, "awareness" in their campaign, proclaiming that we are all aware... and use terms, education and information instead. Check out the new look of Komen's website that is an excellent resource that helps navigate you through every step of your journey, and addresses survivorship concerns too.
Click to link: http://ww5.komen.org
- Komen continues to be one of the top funders in Breast Cancer Research outside of Government Funding. - $50 Million, 2013
- Komen's commitment to research has resulted in $847 million to date as of 3/31/14, funding more than 2400 research projects and over 450 clinical trials in total. These investments covers research in treatments, biology, early detection and prognosis, causes of breast cancer, model systems, prevention/risk prediction and survivorship.
- Komen has reached across the globe with investing more than $30M internationally in more than 50 countries.
- Komen's investment in breast cancer prevention research exceeds $48M in over 85 grants and 15 clinical trials.
- In early detection research, Komen has spent more than $33M in over 115 grants to improve breast cancer screenings and technology and development of strategies to increase the number of women to get mammograms.
- Komen has invested more than $98M since 2006 in over 200 grants focusing on metastatic breast cancer research.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Many thanks to The Victory Center for hosting our annual picnic at Wildwood Park celebrating us survivors on National Cancer Survivors Day, June 7, 2015. Spent the day in good company with my survivor friends for great food, egg toss, and water balloon toss...
|Melissa, Laura and Heather|
|First one out on egg toss :(|
|Don't tempt me Melissa J!|
|Got you, Melissa J!|
|All of us breast cancer survivors of The Victory Center|
|5+ years survivors!|
Thursday, June 4, 2015
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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