Unveiling
triple-negative breast cancer

Lifting the curtain on an often overlooked disease

Triple-negative breast cancer is the rarest form of breast cancer, yet still accounts for 15-20% of cases.1 This form of breast cancer differs from others through: the underlying tumour biology, the type of people most at risk of developing the disease, and the experiences they have during diagnosis and treatment.

By lacking the three main characteristics associated with breast cancer cells, triple-negative breast cancer represents a critical clinical challenge, and people diagnosed with the disease can be made to feel like there is little hope to combat the disease.

“For anyone receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, the news is bad. And for someone diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, there aren’t just as many options for treatment with other types of breast cancer.”

Concepción Biurrún Martínez
Spanish Federation of Patients with Breast Cancer (FECMA)

Women with triple-negative breast cancer are less likely to survive the first five years after diagnosis compared to those with other forms of breast cancer.2 With limited treatment options and a poorer prognosis, it is essential to continue advancing research in triple-negative breast cancer.

Roche has a long heritage of working in breast cancer, and continues to be committed to advancing research in triple-negative breast cancer to improve outcomes for people with this complex disease. With research and development we are looking towards a future where people with triple-negative breast cancer may have as many options as those with other types of breast cancer.

“I believe there is hope, because 10-15 years ago breast cancer took the lives of so many women and, with early diagnosis and new treatment options, survival has improved greatly. It’s now the time for triple-negative breast cancer, and there is hope for a solution.”

Concepción Biurrún Martínez
Spanish Federation of Patients with Breast Cancer (FECMA)

References

1) Yao H et al. Triple-negative breast cancer: is there a treatment on the horizon? Oncotarget. 2017;8(1):1913–1924

2) Li X et al. Triple-negative breast cancer has worse overall survival and cause-specific survival than non-triple-negative breast cancer. 2016;161(2):279-287.