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Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Updated on August 19, 2015

This Article On Triple Negative Breast Cancer Is Dedicated In Honor Of Francene Robinson and Family

Francene Robinson was a participant and advocate for new TNBC treatments and research methods when she had the disease.

Not only did she participate in trials, she inspired others, including family members, to do outreach and participate in TNBC awareness campaigns.

Unfortunately, she died on June 5, 2009. However, her friends and family, still fight for more knowledge about prevention, treatment, and cures for this fatal disease.

By request of loving friends and family, this article is dedicated in the memory of Francene. Hopefully the article will help promote awareness and advocacy for more research and new treatments.

Francene's Family History:

Francene was born in Richmond, Virginia and a graduate of Maggie L. Walker High School and George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee. She was the wife of Henry Robinson and the mother of Marques Farrar Robinson and Elliott Frank Robinson.


Francene was a helper. She was a dedicated Public Servant for the National Institute of Health Cooperative Education Program. Uninsured children could count on her to find and secure partnerships that could help children with medical and dental care.

Francene's contribution to Triple Negative Breast Cancer Research:

Participated in clinical trials with Dr. Edith Mitchell:

Francene participated in Clinical Trials conducted by Dr. Edith Mitchell, an oncologist and clinical professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College, at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Edith Mitchell, was a Tree of Life Reward Recipient, and still makes a significant contributions to the field of oncology. You can read more about Dr. Mitchell here.

Participated in an award winning grant program at Kimmel Cancer Center:

Francene and other study participants were treated under the auspices of The Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University which was awarded a 6.7 million dollars grant from the Susan G. Koman Foundation. The grant enabled more extensive laboratory and clinical research for many cancer types of cancers including triple negative breast cancer.

Francene inspired family participation in advocacy:

Francene's sister's, Geraldine Harris, became a dedicated Triple Negative Breast Cancer advocate, on behalf of a major foundation that addresses Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

Geraldine began distributing TNBC Foundation brochures. Since 2013, she has distributed over 8,000 brochures. Even today, she still does outreach to individuals and groups( churches, sorority organizations, grocery stores, hospitals.)

She remains dedicated and committed to Breast Cancer awareness. Because she has been featured in many magazines and news articles, she inspires others to do the same.

Article about Geraldine's Advocacy on behalf of the cause.

Research holds the answer.
Research holds the answer. | Source

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Information And Disclaimer

Please note: The scientific information presented in this article is not intended to replace professional medical diagnosis and treatment. Please consult with your physician. The medical information provided here is for general use.

TNBC Information from authorized websites:

TNBC, like other cancers that appear in the breast and other parts of the body, is medically and scientifically complex. There are many diagnostic variations of breast cancers, which is why it's best to obtain medical information online which is endorsed by the medical community.

The most recent brochure about the diagnosis, treatment and survival information was prepared by The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

What Is TNBC And How Is It Different From Other Breast Cancers?

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Myths

The Myths And The Reality

Myth No.One:

TNBC is specific to African Americans. This is incorrect.

This disease is found in all races including the African American population, Hispanics, younger people and those who have a gene mutation called BRCA1.

Myth No. Two:

Few options exist for treatment. This is incorrect.

The challenge is for doctors to use a mixture of traditional treatments and or new ones depending on the patient's biology. However, chemotherapy shows promise with this particular type of breast cancer.

The use of chemotherapy is broad. Chemotherapy effectiveness depends on when and howw it is used: dosage and whether it is used before or after surgery. Those are just a few considerations.

Myth No. Three:

This is a rare disease and few have it.

Even though TNBC makes up 10-15% of all breast cancers, there are still many opportunities to network with others. Fortunately, there are many support groups one can find through social media. For example you can Network with others on facebook

Myth No. Four:

Treatments are the same as for other breast cancers.

Surgery, Chemo and Radiation, which are typically used for breast cancer, aren't the only type of treatments. The mix of treatments depend on the type of cancer, the patient's biological markers and other relative factors such as age and health.

There are many new treatments, medications and chemotherapy techniques in the developmental phase.

The treatments are customized for each particular case. The best cure comes from early treatment of the disease.

How To Keep Up With Clinical Trials

  1. Monitor the treatments yourself online. (It's free)
  2. Watch for follow up clinical trials. Each clinical trial usually results in a new set of clinical trials.
  3. Look for trials under chemotherapy treatments and methods.
  4. Ask any medical doctor, including newly assigned doctors, for updates. If you've changed or have been transferred to a new physician, don't forget to ask each one about the latest trials in your geographic area.

An online clinical trial resource:

Online resource for clinical trials for TNBC

Clinical Trials For Breast Cancer: What one patient thinks about them.


Where To Find Triple Negative Breast Cancer Information

There are many sites online to address cancer and particularly breast cancer. There are many blogs although, in general, blogs are more prolific for vloggers in the early stages of cancer treatment.

One blog which is pretty current and has a lot of information and current to date( December 2014) has a many links to other bloggers. These type of blogs can be a good jump off point to finding other blogs.

The most important blog, website or video should include information on how to do a breast self exam. Here is a link you can use right now to learn all about how to do self breast examination.

That all said, if you want to get regularly updated and more specific medical information and resources, it's best to follow medically endorsed websites.

Websites offer:

  • opportunities to connect with others who have the disease
  • opportunities to connect to other care givers
  • financial resources for your care and personal needs
  • articles by doctors and oncologists
  • links to local geographic resources
  • latest information about treatment
  • tips on becoming an advocate

In the area of Triple Negative Breast Cancer there are two top sites:

  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation This site's goal is to interpret TNBC so that the average person can understand the lingo and terms related to the disease. Also, this site is a core site for information on events, fundraisers, free medical resources.
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer Website
    The goal of this website is to address breast cancer, the issues of care and treatment, and other issues surrounding the disease. You can find information on how to network and connect with others with the disease. Like most sites you will learn about medical conferences and personal resources.

You can access these websites below:

The TNBC Foundation

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Ultimately, people want peace, love and a cure for this disease. There is hope.


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      beta5909 2 years ago

      @billybuc @Eiddwen @Joyfulcrown Thanks to all of you for your comments and sympathy messages. As you can see, I haven't been around and just finding your comments. So sorry for missing your comments earlier.

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      First of all I am sorry for your loss. This is the first time I've head of TNBC. This hub was very informative.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      I am also very sorry for your loss but thank you so much for sharing this vital article.


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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think that it is vitally important that writers spread awareness through articles like this one. A very important read and I thank you for sharing it with us. I am sorry for your loss.

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      beta5909 7 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome and I'm sure Francene's family will appreciate your kind words. Take care.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for visitng my les and all the compliments.

      Your lens is very informative about triple negative breast cancer.

      This is the first time I heard this term.

      Bravo! Keep the education going!

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      beta5909 7 years ago

      @Laura Schofield: Thanks Laura for visiting. I appreciate your comments and support.

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      Laura Schofield 7 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      I'm lucky enough to have never experienced breast cancer myself, nor has had anyone close to me be diagnosed with it. This is a very informative lens and I took the time to educate myself a little on triple-negative breast cancer. Good luck to you and I hope this page helps towards finding a cure.