Approximately 15% of the 180,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer every year have triple-negative breast cancer.
Younger pre menopausal women and black, Latina, and Asian women account for a disproportionately high percentage of women diagnosed with TNBC.
Treatment options are more limited than with other types of breast cancer. Because the tumor is not being fed by hormones, treatment options are limited to lumpectomy or mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Hormone receptor-targeted treatments, such as Tamoxifen and Aromasin, have no effect.
Depending on staging at diagnosis, triple-negative tumors tend to be aggressive and have a much higher rate of distant recurrence (metastasis) than other breast cancers. The rate of recurrence continues to be higher for the first five years after diagnosis.
The facts can be scary, but don't assume all is lost if you're diagnosed with TNBC. Because these cancers tend to be very fast growing (also called "high-grade"), they tend to respond well to chemotherapy.
Awareness is the key that opens the door to finding the cure. A sense of not knowing has always made acceptance difficult. Most of us feel hurt, weak, angered, and most of all cheated. Having to endure that question of why me? We hope that this information will inspire, educate and motivate you about the importance of Triple Negative Breast Cancer. You hold the key.
Join us in raising the awareness in hopes of finding the cure.
Authored by Erica J Holloman PhD
"I have breast cancer.
My diagnosis date: October 2, 2007.
I am thirty-one years old with no history of breast cancer in my family."
These were the first words of Erica Holloman when she learned of her cancer diagnosis. As a smart, strong woman, she tackled the diagnosis head-on, determined to beat the disease and not let it beat her. Follow Erica as she goes through medical and surgical procedures. Be with her loved ones as they use love, prayer, and support to help her through a trying time. Find hope and inspiration as you journey with her. Take control of YOUR health today and treasure Erica's priceless Breast Cancer Chronicles...
The Erica J. Holloman Foundation, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes, more specifically to raise awareness about and seek the prevention of Triple Negative Breast Cancer.