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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 6 - Triple Negative Breast Cancer

In Subchapter 3.1, “Growth of Cancer”, we discussed the role of receptors in cancer cells. Doctors seek to determine what causes certain types of cancer to progress by identifying its “receptors”. These receptors function like mouths: when open, the cancer cells feed and rapidly grow.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer tumors lack receptors for any of three bodily chemicals: estrogen, progesterone, and the HER2/neu gene. There are still effective treatments for it, such as chemotherapy, but doctors are not sure what stimulates this type of tumor to grow.

Women with a family history of breast cancer, specifically with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast gene mutation, are more at risk for developing Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

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  • Bettyann Rosenthal Profile

    I have Stage III HER2-pos Breast Cancer. I have Medicare, it pays 80%. Is there not good doctors and treatment for people who don't have secondary ins. or cash growing in the backyard?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      The American Cancer Society has a lot of great information concerning financial matters, support, and so much more. There are offices in most major cities, or you can reach them on their website which includes a toll-free number. Best wishes to you Bettyann on your journey.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      If a diagnosis of breast cancer isn't already lousy.... then you have to worry about how you are going to pay for the treatment. We had catastrophic coverage because the insurance premiums were so expensive. My husband and I had to buy our own coverage. The premiums were high and so were the...

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      If a diagnosis of breast cancer isn't already lousy.... then you have to worry about how you are going to pay for the treatment. We had catastrophic coverage because the insurance premiums were so expensive. My husband and I had to buy our own coverage. The premiums were high and so were the deductable. Diana is giving you a great suggestion. Contact the American Cancer Society. They gave us a gas card so we could get to my appointments. They also had other programs and suggestions to help you out. If you run into expensive prescriptions you can't afford, I found if you contact the drug manufacturers, they sometimes have programs for low cost drugs or free. That was a huge help when I needed a special drug to combat nausea. Our community also had a benefit dinner and auction for us when I was diagnosed.... what a huge blessing that was!!!

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  • Bea G-T Profile

    Been advised that I should B tested for the BRCA gene,Im 19.My nan had breast cancer,my dad&other men had prostrate cancer.I was told breast&prostate cancer R the genes its related 2, R there any others?Want some advice,scared of finding I have the gene!

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Genine,
      Taking this test is a look into your future. If you have this gene, the type of breast cancer is one that strikes younger women and is aggressive. BUT.... there is the huge chance you will not have this gene. Does your Mom have this gene, any of her sisters been tested? There are...

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      Genine,
      Taking this test is a look into your future. If you have this gene, the type of breast cancer is one that strikes younger women and is aggressive. BUT.... there is the huge chance you will not have this gene. Does your Mom have this gene, any of her sisters been tested? There are specifics in suspecting this gene is in your family. Turn your fear into bravery and get some genetic counceling. The enormity of this feels like it is looming over you.... grab that fear and charge head-long into it. You ARE stronger than you think. A large reason for your fear is the unknown. IF.... and it is a big IF, you do have this gene, you CAN do something to save yourself from a whole bunch of future grief.
      Knowledge truly is power. Hang in there and fight like a WOMAN! Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I guess you have to decide if you want to know and would you be willing to take drastic preventative action.

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  • Jess G Profile

    I have IDC. My uncle had melanoma and colon cancer. No other family cancer. Does that raise my risk of BRCA 1 and 2?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      No, not necessarily. Approx. 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. I have IDC as well and have no family history of cancer. Regardless of that, I do believe it's a good idea for for women with breast cancer to have the BRACA test. I had the test performed and it was...

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      No, not necessarily. Approx. 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. I have IDC as well and have no family history of cancer. Regardless of that, I do believe it's a good idea for for women with breast cancer to have the BRACA test. I had the test performed and it was negative.

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    • Laura Cornwell Profile
      anonymous
      Industry Provider

      BRCA 1 and 2 are uncommon mutations. Only 2-3% of women with breast cancer have them. However, it is useful to know if you have the gene in your family because their risk of getting breast cancer in their lifetime is 60%, as compared to 18% for someone without the mutation. Doctors use the...

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      BRCA 1 and 2 are uncommon mutations. Only 2-3% of women with breast cancer have them. However, it is useful to know if you have the gene in your family because their risk of getting breast cancer in their lifetime is 60%, as compared to 18% for someone without the mutation. Doctors use the following aid to assist in their decisions to test for the mutation.

      https://www.myriadpro.com/brca-risk-calculator

      The predictions rely strongly on breast cancer family history <50 years of age, and strong family history of breast and ovarian cancers (and also prostate in male relatives).

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  • Christina Archambault Profile

    Any other BRCA1 positive girls or HER2 positive???

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 9 answers
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    • sandra hayley Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Christina, I've had cancer twice now, both times I had er, pr positive cancers. I went for genetic testing and found out I have the brca 2 gene. It is a little different from the brca1..but with both there is a higher risk of getting breast cancer again. Mine was 50-85% for getting breast...

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      Hi Christina, I've had cancer twice now, both times I had er, pr positive cancers. I went for genetic testing and found out I have the brca 2 gene. It is a little different from the brca1..but with both there is a higher risk of getting breast cancer again. Mine was 50-85% for getting breast cancer and the chance of getting ovarian was 30-40% . I've had cancer twice by the age of 40 and my mom passed away at 40. It is hard but try to stay positive. I've since had a laparoscopic hysterectomy(ovaries and tubes) taken out as a precaution to not getting this horrible disease again. Good luck, keep the faith.

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    • celien thorne Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I'm Her2 positive plus ER positive but tested negative for the gene ... Unfortunately we all face the threat of a reacurrence no matter what test we take or type of Breast Cancer we have ...stay active and fight this w all u can , live your life !

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