• what is triple negative breast cancer

    Asked by Pinkhd on Monday, December 10, 2012

    what is triple negative breast cancer

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    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      As per the response of others, triple negative means it's Her2 negative, PR negative, and ER negative. Those are all receptors found on the Breast Cancer cells that help the cell to grow. Her2 used to be associated with a poor prognosis, as it means the cancer is more aggressive. With the availability of Herceptin and other drugs targetting Her2 the prognosis is much better. Having one or all 3 of those receptors these days means that there are ways of targetting cancers that have those receptors - Herceptin and Tamoxifen/AIs (for the ER/PR).
      A cancer being triple negative means that the extra drugs now available in the breast cancer armamentarium are not available to fight for a triple negative. You're confined to the standard chemotherapy regimens. As with all cancers, the lower your Stage at diagnosis, the better your prognosis. Just because you're triple negative doesn't mean you're finished. Plus, as triple negative cancers have shown to be quite aggressive, there is a lot of research ongoing in this area.

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I am being treated for metastasized triple negative breast cancer - My last two MRIs showed that the lesion on my liver is shrinking, my latest bone scan came back normal, and all my markers are normal as well.

      over 8 years ago
    • ConnieB's Avatar

      @ Ajfunstuff, I don't think comments like yours are helping any of us that are trying to maintain our positive attitudes while going through a cancer journey. I believe a positive attitude has a lot to do with the recovery process. I wish you the best and will pray for you.

      over 8 years ago

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