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3/2/2018Today is National TNBC day. I had read after 17 years it returned, the last 5 as metastatic disease. What is one to believe, breathe easier after 5 years.... right! A women loses her life to it 12 years in remission and 5 metastatic. So, confused on anyone saying it returns early and becomes less and less a worry as time goes on. Well, the facts above prove that wrong. Iím sure many others have had reoccurrences after 5.... is there any truth to the further out with this aggressive cancer the better? Iíve seen you post the first two are the highest reoccurrence. What are the statists?
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3/5/2018The first two years after a triple negative breast cancer diagnosis are the most risky for a recurrence. The fact is, any cancer can return in the future, or even a second cancer can develop that is completely unrelated to the first. Our goal is to provide the latest recommendations based on evidence-based practice and clinical research, however the bottom line is that no one has a crystal ball and therefore cannot predict the future.

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