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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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Monday, July 10, 2017

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:
http://www.lbbc.org/blog/understanding-triple-negative-metastatic-breast-cancer-and-coping-through-advocacy

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