I wanted to share that today, March 3, is TNBC Day! In fact, the whole month of March is dedicated to raising awareness about triple negative breast cancer and fundraising for TNBC research! As you know, I was diagnosed with TNBC last April. TNBC primarily affects younger people (age <50), people with a BRCA1 genetic mutation, black & Hispanic women, and people with Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.
15-20% of new breast cancer diagnoses are triple negative, which means their tumors lack receptors for estrogen, progesterone, or the HER2 protein. Because of this, treatment options are limited for TNBC and there are no targeted therapies available as there are for other types of breast cancer. For this reason, TNBC (which is typically more aggressive and tends to metastasize to the bone, brain, or lungs) can be difficult to treat and that is why I advocate for TNBC research!
Current research is focusing on:
- Anti-androgen hormonal therapy
- Immunotherapy for TNBC with specific basal-like tumors
- PARP-inhibitors for TNBC + BRCA patients
- Development of a TNBC vaccine (whatttt?!)
For the month of March, 100% of all donations to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation will go to research. If you are able to give, know that all of us TNBC thrivers (past, present, and future) appreciate you!
Click the photo below to use my personal link to donate to TNBC Foundation!
If you are here because you were recently diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, here are three things I wish I would have known at the time of my diagnosis (#PowerOf3):
- O N E : 40% of breast cancers are found on a self-exam! Check you chest & advocate for those under 40 who do not qualify for mammograms yet!
- T W O : A TNBC diagnosis is not a death sentence! TNBC is an aggressive cancer and it’s treated aggressively, but it also has a higher rate of complete response to chemotherapy than other types of breast cancer – stay hopeful!
- T H R E E : There is an incredible online community full of young & old TNBC thrivers on Facebook & Instagram. Through these incredible people, I’ve receive comfort, advice, and comedic relief from the cancer saga – come thrive with us! Check out @tnbcfoundation and @tnbc_thrivers on Instagram.
Mahalo & Alooooooha! ❤