Mum’s Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Also, her cancer was hormone-receptor negative which meant that her cancer was not dependent on estrogen or progesterone to grow. At that time, I did not know what this meant. This is an important factor to know in the fight against breast cancer. Many Black women have triple-negative breast cancer which means that their breast cancer cells lack estrogen or progesterone receptors and produces little of the protein, HER2. Triple negative breast cancer is more aggressive, spreads faster, and reoccurs more frequently than other breast cancer types. This means that neither hormone therapy nor HER-2 inhibitors (Herceptin) are effective in treating this type of breast cancer.

The women most likely to develop triple negative breast cancer are young African American or Hispanic women who are less than 50 years of age and may have inherited a BRCA1 mutation. At that time there was not a diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer, but I suspect that is what Mum had.

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Beverly Barnett

Beverly Barnett

For some people nursing is more than a job, it is a “calling.” Beverly Barnett believes that is the case with her. She is a registered nurse, nurse educator, he