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Breast cancer diagnosis

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I am 28 and have been diagnosed with stage 2 grade 3 invasive ductal breast cancer triple negative, the dr said they have caught it early. Triple negative means it isnt being fed on by my hormones does this mean it is unlikely it could come back or more likely it could come back. Any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated 


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Hi Sim14,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the online community. I can see that you have already joined some groups including our triple negative breast cancer group. There’s nothing quite like the support and honesty of other people going through a similar experience.

I can see that you have already googled your diagnosis and read some information online. It’s a scary internet out there, it’s worth being careful about what you read and protecting yourself a bit just now. There is more optimism around triple negative breast cancer now. It’s important to remember that despite the fact there’s a higher chance of this type of cancer coming back within five years when you compare it to oestrogen positive tumours, after five years the survival is very similar.

Also, it’s good to remember that most of statistics will be at least 5 if not 10 years old. They don’t tell us how long women who are treated today are expected to survive for. There have been some clinical trials carried out and ones that are ongoing looking at different treatment options for triple negative breast cancer. With treatments changing and improving so should the outlook for women diagnosed with this type of breast cancer.

It’s good to be guided by your specialist and surround yourself with lots of support. We would encourage you to ask lots of questions at your appointments especially if information helps you to cope.

You can use our search function to look for local support and it’s also worth having a look at Breast Cancer UK support for younger women.

I hope this information has been useful. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk things through with one of our nurses on our Support Line. Our lines are now open 7 days a week, 8am till 8pm.

Best wishes and take care.

Fiona (Macmillan Cancer Information nurse).