Learning that you have breast cancer is one of the worst news, especially if the diagnosis indicates that it is "triple negative".
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What is triple negative breast cancer?
According to the site BreastcancerOrg, so-called "triple negative" breast cancers have no estrogen receptor, prostrogen receptor or HER2 protein. Present in 10 at 20% of cases, it is usually a more aggressive form of cancer.
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At the age of 25 years, Sarah Boyle learned with dismay that she was suffering from triple negative breast cancer. This terrible news fell in 2016 while she was at the Royal Stoke University Hospital shortly after the birth of her first child.
The daily StokeSentinel revealed that Sarah had no choice but to face the disease: she underwent chemotherapy and a double masectomy to prevent the spread of cancer.
It was not until July 2017 that doctors at the hospital became aware of a major error: the biopsy of Sarah had been poorly recorded and the young woman did not actually suffer from any cancer. She was apologized for this serious confusion, but Sarah was very worried about the possible consequences of the heavy treatment she had to undergo.
She feared, for example, that her breast implants would expose her over time to a higher risk of actually suffering from cancer, not to mention the psychological trauma of such a test.
She also mentioned other constraints caused by all these useless procedures, such as not being able to breastfeed her baby for 7 months.
Sarah described this experience as "extremely difficult":
Learning that I have cancer was awful, but having to endure all the treatments and surgeries to be told later that it was not necessary was traumatic.
She explained that she wanted to share her story in the hope that no one else would have to endure the same thing.
Some tips to support a loved one with cancer
A cancer diagnosis is very hard to accept. If one of your loved ones is suffering from this disease, you probably wonder how to help it. Here are some tips from the site WebMD:
- Prepare for mood and behavior changes in those who are suffering;
- Encourage them to stay active and take care of them as much as possible;
- ask other family members to do what they can to help, even if it is just listening.
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Sarah's diagnosis was wrong, but thousands of people are suffering from this illness and need all the support they can. If someone in your family is in this situation, try to be present.
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