As you know when I come across an amazing foundation or blog I like to spread the word. While doing some research on breast cancer I came across The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. As you may know, subtypes of breast cancer are generally diagnosed based upon the presence, or lack of, three “receptors” known to fuel most breast cancers: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). A receptor is a protein that lives inside or on the surface of a cell and binds to something in the body to cause the cell to react. But triple-negative breast cancers need different types of treatments because they are estrogen receptor-negative, progesterone receptor- negative and HER2 negative. Medicines like tamoxifen, which targets the estrogen receptor, and trastuzumab (Herceptin), which targets HER2, are not helpful in treating triple-negative breast cancer. Instead, chemotherapy along with radiation has been shown to be the most effective treatment for triple-negative breast cancer. There are a lot of myths out there and this site does a wonderful job of educating patients and providing resources for clinical trials and support.
About TNBC Foundation
The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 2006 in honor of Nancy Block-Zenna, a young woman who was diagnosed at age 35 with triple negative breast cancer and died 2 1/2 years later in 2007.
In response to Nancy’s diagnosis, her close friends launched the TNBC Foundation to raise awareness and support research in the area of triple negative breast cancer. It was Nancy’s hope that, as her daughter Jolie grows older, triple negative breast cancer will no longer be the threat it is today.
Their mission is to raise awareness of triple negative breast cancer and to support scientists and researchers in their effort to determine the definitive causes of triple negative breast cancer, so that effective detection, diagnosis, prevention and treatment can be pursued and achieved.
Click here to learn more or call The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Helpline at (877) 880-TNBC (8622): TNBC Foundation