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LSUHSC experts tackle triple-negative breast cancer

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SHREVEPORT, La. - Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, striking one in eight. There's a subset of the disease that's particularly dangerous. 
Triple-negative breast cancer gets it's name from the cancer cells being negative for estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and HER-2.  
This means the cancer rarely responds to hormonal therapy, but it does respond to chemotherapy.
"It is more common in young patients. It is the most common type of cancer that you see in genetically inherited patients, so the BRCA1 and BRCA2 patients," said Dr. Gary Burton with Feist-Weiller Cancer Center.
Triple-negative breast cancer tends to be aggressive and is common among minorities. In fact, 10-20 percent of breast cancers fall into this category. 
"I think just networking and connecting and getting as much support from friends and family as you can is the biggest key. Just staying positive," said patient Deana Luebbert.
LSUHSC is hosting a symposium on triple-negative breast cancer this Friday starting at noon at Feist-Weiller.
Local experts will join keynote speakers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Goodman Cancer Research Centre in Montreal. 
    
The public is welcome to attend.
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