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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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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Remembering Ishiuan...

Condolences to Ishiuan's family. Ishiuan and I met in Florida 2014 at the Young Survival Coalition Conference, we were Triple Negative sisters.  I always admired Ishiuan's strength and determination and loved the smile on her face that she always shown.  Sadly, Ishiuan passed on March 19, 2016 at age 42 after her 10 years fight with TNBC.  Rest peacefully dear.

TNBC sisters, Melissa and Ishuian Hargrove

Read Ishian's story On Living Beyond Breast Cancer site:

Sunday, March 6, 2016

UT Shines Light on Difficult to Diagnose, Aggressive Type of Breast Cancer

By Christine Long : March 3rd, 2016

In honor of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center will host an event called “A Different Shade of Pink” Thursday, March 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on The University of Toledo Health Science Campus.
“The nature of this disease cries out for more attention and research,” said Dr. Iman Mohamed, UT professor and chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology. “We hope to educate and empower.”
tnbc_16x9An estimated 15 percent of all diagnosed breast cancers are triple negative breast cancer tumors. This type lacks the three receptors commonly targeted in chemotherapy — estrogen, progesterone and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2.
The disease is often hard to diagnose because it is common in younger women and not always detected in mammograms.
“The receptors known to fuel breast cancer simply aren’t present,” Mohamed said. “Compared to other types of breast cancer, triple negative breast cancers are usually more aggressive and not responsive to targeted therapeutic drugs. Patients have a higher risk of recurrence and a shorter survival rate.”
Topics for the “A Different Shade of Pink” program include medical updates related to treatment options and clinical trials, as well as emotional, intimacy and survivorship issues.
UTMC patient Melissa Paskvan of Toledo was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2009 and has been in remission for six years. “I found a lump by accident while scratching an itch at the age of 41,” Paskvan said. “My heart sunk. I knew it was cancer, but I had no idea it would be this rare form.
“I went through a lumpectomy, nearly four months of chemotherapy, and 33 rounds of radiation,” she said. “At 48 years old, I am a survivor. I am happy and relieved to have made it past the three-year mark. I only hope my story offers hope to newly diagnosed patients.”
To learn more about Paskvan’s story and how she raises money for triple negative breast cancer research, read her blog at mlsspaskvan.blogspot.com.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day Declared in Toledo 2016

Pink sisters, Melissa and Jyll

Receiving Proclamation from Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson
Declaring Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day
in the City of Toledo
Jyll, Mayor Paula HicksoHudson and Melissa

Proclamation declaring TNBC Awareness Day

Honored to accept this Proclamation from
The Mayor of Toledo, Paula Hicks-Hudson

All of us survivors, mostly TNBC

All of us survivors, mostly TNBC

TNBC Day in attendance

Dr. Mohamed presentation on TNBC
"Characterized by more aggressive
clinicopathologic features..."

Dr. Mohamed talks of the 7 Triple Negative
Breast Cancer Molecular Subtypes

Dr. Mohamed talks of latest TNBC targeted therapy
trials, Avastin and EGFR inhibitors such as Erlotinib

Dr. Thompson discuss the issues survivors face during and
after treatment

Dr. Thompson talks on Finding your New Normal
"Give yourself time to adjust"

"Obesity is related to survival in
postmenopausal TNBC patients"

"Exercise and dietary counseling led to loss of body
 fat and improved quality of life in survivors of TNBC"

"Chemotherapy punishes the vagina"

TNBC sisters, Christine Mabrey and Melissa
Sadly, Chris passed on July 5, 2016

TNBC sisters, Audrey and Melissa

TNBC sisters, Melissa and Maureen

TNBC sisters, Melissa and Dianna

TNBC sisters, Melissa and Sandy

Pink sisters, Jeanette and Melissa

Great turnout for TNBC Awareness Day

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Awareness Day is March 3, 2016

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day is the only global event dedicated to raising both awareness and funds exclusively for triple negative breast cancer.

Thursday is Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) Awareness Day, and I'll be holding my annual online fundraising campaign for TNBC Foundation where 100% donation goes directly to TNBC research. Please consider a donation today to support my cause that I am very passionate about. 
Thank you, Melissa Paskvan

"Alone we can do so little, Together we can do so much more." - Helen Kelle

Toledo, Ohio Event - A Different Shade of Pink 

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