Barbara Bigelow, a patient advocate with METAvivor, spoke with CancerNetwork® about her journey with metastatic breast cancer during CURE®’s Educated Patient Breast Cancer Summit at the 37th Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference, held March 5-8, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
Metastatic breast cancer currently has no known cure, and Bigelow was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which is considered to be the most aggressive and have the worst prognosis.
I was originally diagnosed in 2002, out of the blue, and I was 1 of 3 sisters within a 2-year period who were all diagnosed with breast cancer. And we had no family history of breast cancer and the 3 of us did not test positive for the BRCA genes. So, I don’t know what that meant, but as I was finishing my first go around of treatment, which was chemotherapy and radiation. Surgery. I really had to think…