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Posted on: Jan 9, 2013 06:41PM

lmcclure4477 wrote:

Hello Everyone!
I am a 35 year old just diagnosed with IDC stage 1 triple negative. They think they found it early. Don't have the cancer gene, blood work looks good, breast MRI was good with no abnormal lymph nodes, mammogram was clear, chest X-ray clear. Getting a bilateral mastectomy next Monday. I will then start chemo 3 weeks after that. Is there anything else I should do? Anyone get their ovaries removed? My breast surgeon said there isn't a link between triple negative and ovarian cancer but wanted to see if anyone heard different.

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Jan 10, 2013 02:03AM Nuan wrote:

I was 48 and a half when I was diagnosed on Febuary last year. Similar to your diagnosis. Finished all treatments; Sergery, chemo--tcx4, and 25 radiations plus 5 booths. No ovary removed.We re different age then I have no idea about linking between bc and overian cancer in younger. Hope someonelse can give you ideas. All your results look good. For all treatments..it's doable..you can do that, same all of us. Drink a lot of water. Exercise regularly during chemo. You'll finish all before you know! You can talk to our knowledgeble, caring TNS sisters at " calling all tns" thread on Tripple Negative forum..  I read their posts often.Very useful, supportive...

Dx 2/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 02/25/2012 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Radiation Therapy 07/11/2012 Chemotherapy 04/04/2012 Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
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Jan 10, 2013 07:48AM liv- wrote:

hello imcclure welcome to the land of positive lovely ladies that will guide and help you when they can.

yes i intend to get my ovaries removed in the near future and it is sometimes recommended by oncs if you are trip neg lots of nodes and positive brca.  i dont want to risk it as i had a pretty average diagnosis & path report after mastectomy, now waiting for the brca -2 test results but regardless of that im will still have them removed.

good luck and keep updating us.


much Luv ~~~~~ xx Liv xx ~~~~~ ........ DX Apr 12 - IBC - 10cm -Trip Neg - Stage 3C - 17/24 nodes bad - Adriamyci Doxorubicin Docetaxel Cyclop - Tac Xeloda Nov + Navelbine Dec 2012 combined Dx 4/13/2012, IBC, 6cm+, Stage IIIc, Grade 3, 17/24 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 04/11/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, daunorubicin, Doxil, Navelbine, Taxol, Taxotere, Xeloda Surgery 08/13/2012 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal (Left) Radiation Therapy 10/01/2012 External Chemotherapy 11/07/2012 Xeloda Chemotherapy 12/18/2012 Navelbine
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Jan 10, 2013 08:28AM JJ62 wrote:

Hello Imcclure, 

Nuan is right -all treatments are doable, and don't last forever.  Drink lots of water was advise given to me by a friend that survived (12 yrs out) ovarian cancer and saw her daughter though two years of chemo for leukemia (and she is now about to graduate as an oncology nurse!).  As well eat healthy, get excersice and rest lots.  Stay positive and surround yourself with like minded people!

Life is Good


BRCA1+, LVI. " Life is Good" Dx 12/29/2009, IDC, 2cm, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 02/01/2010 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right) Chemotherapy 03/17/2010 Cytoxan, Ellence, fluorouracil, Taxotere Surgery 12/05/2011 Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)
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Jan 16, 2013 12:28PM , edited Apr 19, 2014 07:33PM by InspiredbyDolce

Hi Imcclure!

Many TNBC patients will get the BRCA testing done, and let that guide them as to whether or not they have elective surgery for their ovaries.  This is because of a higher incidence of ovarian cancer if you have the BRCA gene.  There is more information on this at:  http://www.tnbcfoundation.org.

Also, the researchers at MDAnderson strongly feel that TNBC breast cancer is more closely linked to ovarian cancer, than to other breast cancers.  You can find out more about this by researching the "MD Anderson Moonshot Project."  This is a great $3B Medical Project that was started last summer to find cures for 8 rare and difficult cancers to treat, and TNBC is among one of the cancers they will be targeting!  It is a 10-year project and they expect to be able to cut the death rate in half for TNBC patients within the next few years.

Stay strong and positive, eat healthy and research the best diets for TNBC patients, so that you can come up with a great survivorship plan of your own.  Exercise is important, and also a low-fat diet is highly encouraged.  For a low-fat diet to be beneficial to TNBC, research is showing less than 30 grams of fat a day in our diets should be followed. 

I'm so glad to hear all the good things you posted!

- TNBC Research, TNBC Projects

After breast cancer, it's Plan B (as follows): Low-fat, low sugar, fish, veggies, whole grains, fruits, water, green tea; 6-8 hrs moderate-vigorous exercise weekly; and Metformin. If you need info about Metformin to discuss with your Onc, PM me. Dx 12/27/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 01/04/2012 Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both) Chemotherapy 02/02/2012 Cytoxan, Taxotere Surgery 05/30/2012 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)
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Jan 16, 2013 06:49PM anamerty wrote:

I am a brca1 and had hormone positive bc in !999. then this year in Aug dx with a tnbc, but that is also common for brca carriers. Because of our family history with bc myself and 2 sisters, and I believe 14 of 16 family members checked for the brca  gene all carriers. So 6 years ago I did have my ovaries removed ,it is not easy to dx ovarian cancer until it is so advanced so because I was not using mine anymore I said get rid of them

Dx 1/25/1999, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 8/3/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 8/3/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 01/25/1999 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left) Radiation Therapy 03/01/1999 External Surgery 08/27/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right) Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 Cytoxan, Taxotere