ABOUT MY CANCER
The Full Story
I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
Triple negative breast cancer is an uncommon type of breast cancer.
Around 15 out of every 100 breast cancers (15%) are triple negative.
It is a type cancer whose cells don’t have receptors for the
hormones oestrogen, progesterone and Her2 protein.
What is a receptor? Some cancer cells have particular proteins called receptors. When certain substances in the body attach to the receptors (proteins), they trigger a reaction in the cancer cells that tell them to grow.
Many breast cancers have receptors for one or more of these substances.
But for triple negative breast cancers; it does not have any of them.
Therefore, this type of cancer cannot identify what has triggered the cancer cells to grow, as it is not triggered by the three known receptors (oestrogen, progesterone and Her2 protein)
So hormone treatment and the targeted cancer drug trastuzumab (Herceptin) don't work for people with triple negative breast cancer.
For more detailed information please go to: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer/stages-types-grades/types/triple-negative-breast-cancer
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THE LEAD UP TO CHEMOTHERAPY
& THE TIMELINE OF EVENTS
There’s a lot of waiting, scans and unknowing. But don't let it upset you or think that they are not doing enough.
There's a lot of hard work and passion that the Nurses, Doctors & Specialists have to help you determine the next steps of your treatment.
Please be patient, but also push if you feel it is taking too long. Your Specialist Nurse there to help you will guide you in these circumstances.
I hope this will help you to understand what is to come.
Not every timeline will be the same, as every diagnosis is different and every hospital, doctors/consultants/specialists/oncologists are different.
Everyone has their own journey to take.