Triple-negative breast cancer: Unique biology and its management

Rodrigo O.B. Maegawa, Shou Ching Tang

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Triple-negative breast cancer is defined by the lack of expression of estrogen-receptor, progesterone-receptor, and HER-2/neu. It primarily, but not exclusively, carries the basal-like molecular profile on gene expression arrays and is associated with BRCA-1 and p53 mutations. It has an aggressive behavior and predilection for visceral metastasis, therefore accounting for its poor prognosis. Despite lacking targeted therapies, it is sensitive to anthracyclines and taxanes. Increasing knowledge has generated a better understanding of its pathophysiology, therefore leading to the development of directed therapies, although their validation still needs further investigation. This review focuses on its biology, management, evolving concepts, and future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)878-883
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Investigation
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Breast cancers
  • Clinical trials
  • Tumor biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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