Triple negative breast cancer means that your cancer is not being fueled by any of the three main types of receptors–estrogen, progesterone nor the Her2 protein. Because of this, the cancer won’t respond to certain targeted therapies including hormone therapy or Her2-targeted agents like Herceptin. Chemotherapy is typically the treatment and there are several options.
Triple negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of the disease and if the cancer is advanced, your doctor may also recommend participation in a clinical trial that involves immunotherapy or targeted therapies.
Because triple negative breast cancers are not fueled by any of the three main types of receptors, hormonal therapies are not an option. But there are still many treatments available including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
A mastectomy involves removing the breast – a treatment route many patients with breast cancer feel they will have no choice but to undergo. But it’s not the only surgical option.
When Should You Consider a Mastectomy?
What is Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy?
Lumpectomy or Mastectomy?
Prophylactic Mastectomy For High-Risk Women
How to Choose a Surgeon – Does Volume Matter?
Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer
What is Tamoxifen?
Hormone Therapies for Breast Cancer: Aromatase Inhibitor
Verzenio Is Significant-- Cuts The Risk of Cancer Coming Back In Some Women With Early Breast Cancer-- A First For CDK4/6 Inhibitors
What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?
Treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment for Early Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment Sequence for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment Options for Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment Options
For patients who do have to have their breasts or a piece of their breasts removed, there are a number of surgical reconstruction options available.
Breast Reconstruction: Regaining Your Sense of Self
Implant Reconstruction After a Mastectomy: The Options
The Last Frontier: Restoring Sensation After Mastectomy
Breast Reconstruction: Implants vs. Your Own Tissue
Saline vs. Silicone Implants