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8/6/2017A close friend was diagnosed with TNBC in February of 2014. She underwent a radical mastectomy, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy. Last week she found a lump on her chest (side near ribcage) and is having a biopsy and scan this coming week. I've read through numerous studies regarding 5 year survival rates for differing cases, but I'm unable to find much regarding survival post-recurrence. I know the answer is very much "it depends" but is there information on the post-recurrence survival rate? Best I've come up with is that it is approximately 26% and I'm basing that on some layman number crunching of an existing study. I assume the prognosis is heavily dependent on whether the recurrence is local or has metastasized, but we'll know that later this week. I'm just trying to understand the possible paths this will take based on the diagnosis so that I can be better prepared for later this week. Thanks so much.
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8/7/2017Prognosis is dependent on numerous factors, such interval between initial treatment and recurrence, site of recurrence (local, regional, distant), and tumor biology.

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