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Special Treatments for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Many different subtypes of breast cancer are categorized according to what is causing the tumor to grow, whether it be estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2).

Triple negative breast cancer is an especially aggressive type of cancer that is not fueled by any of those receptors. “Often, we use hormonal therapies and other therapies that target receptors to treat women with breast cancer,” says Mark A. Meadors, DO, medical oncologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “But we cannot use those types of treatment for women who have triple negative breast cancer.”

Instead, doctors must rely on other treatments, such as chemotherapy. Mark A. Meadors, DOSome studies have shown that triple negative breast cancers respond better to chemotherapy than other cancers.

“Every day, we are learning more about the best treatments for triple negative breast cancer and ways to prevent recurrence,” says Meadors.

For more information, call 573-331-3000 or visit Saint Francis’ Breast Health webpage.

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