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As most of you know I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) this past December. TNBC refers to any breast cancer that does not express the genes for estrogen receptor, progestrone receptor, or Her2/neu. In other words, treatment options are limited because the cancer will not respond to hormone therapy or biological therapy. The only treatment this type of cancer will respond to is chemotherapy, followed with surgery and radiation. TNBC has a relapse pattern that is very different from that of hormone positive breast cancers. The risk of relapse is much higher in 3-5 years than that of hormone positive breast cancer. TNBC is frequently presumed to affect predominately younger women and is commonly BRCA1-related. Genetic testing can be administered to determine if one carries the BRCA1 gene. If positive for this particular gene, along with other histologic factors, the likelihood of developing ovarian cancer, for example, is extremely high and overall survival success is much lower.
No one could have been more shocked than I was when I received the news that I had breast cancer. I never even had a lump and then one night, out of nowhere I had a massive growth that was visible without feeling for it. Exactly one week later I was diagnosed with breast cancer and exactly one week after being diagnosed I started chemotherapy. TNBC is agressive and rapidly grows so immediate attention and early detection is most important. In my particular case, getting the lump checked out immediately is what will save my life.
Since being diagnosed my life has and will always be changed. I am so blessed by the remarkable support I have received. I am grateful for the ability and strength I have that allows me to fight the daily battles I face. I have a long road ahead of me but with the love and support I have, I know I will be a survivor of this cancer.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of TNBC. You can find out more information at http://www.tnbcfoundation.org