I'll be heading to the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) again this year, specifically to keep my eye on triple-negative breast cancer research. I will once more do a recap of TNBC research, and I hope I have lots of information and positive news, as I did in 2012. I am looking forward to a few specific sessions and events:
• A general session on JAK 2 amplifications in TNBC. I wrote about previous research last year.
• Incidence and survival rates for different subgroups of breast cancer.
• Updates on new chemo drugs, especially platinum agents that have shown mixed success with metastatic TNBC.
• Connecting with other groups, including After Breast Cancer Diagnosis; I wrote a brief about them in 2012. And the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. Last year I wrote about Ginny Knackmuh, who was diagnosed with metastatic TNBC in 2009. I hope to meet her again this year.
• Meeting new and old friends. I will again visit with Carol, a blog reader from Texas and now TNBC buddy. I wrote about her last year. Sadly, the other friend I wrote about in that essay was Lori Redmer, former executive director of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, who died in August, leaving behind a beautiful family and an impressive legacy. I met her in person only once, but we talked on the phone and emailed regularly. I have not yet moved her emails from my inbox. This year, I will finally meet the wonderful woman who mentored me through the final edits of my book and wrote my foreword, Carol Scott-Conner. Oddly, she and I live in the same state but have never met. Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer last year herself and has used her experience to help serve women even better.
• Hobnobbing with the docs again.
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