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A Conversation with Dr. Edith Mitchell: Four Things to Know About Triple Negative Breast Cancer

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A Conversation with Dr. Edith Mitchell: Four Things to Know About Triple Negative Breast Cancer

By Kellee Terrell

Dr. Edith Mitchell, renowned oncologist and researcher from Philadelphia’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University, gives us the 411 on Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

 

  • Triple negative breast cancer means that when the tumor is tested it comes back negative for the following receptors: estrogen, progesterone, and the HER-2/neu positive/negative gene. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, make sure you know the results of your receptor test.

 

  • These cancers grow faster than other breast cancers and can spread to other organs in the body such as the liver, lungs and the brain. Most women diagnosed with this form of cancer are diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease.

 

  • Triple negative breast cancer reoccurs more frequently than other forms of breast cancer. And when it comes back, it comes back with a vengeance and responds less to treatment.

 

  • But not all is lost. People can survive this disease with access to quality health care. Make sure you work with your doctor to find the right treatment at the right time that will work for you.

For more information tune in to Immunomedics’ FB Live Stream from ASCO on June 2, 2018 at 4:00pm cst. Facebook.com/TNBCFoundation

 

Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD, FACP, FCPP, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and is Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine and Medical Oncology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Associate Director for Diversity Programs and Director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University.

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