I was diagnosed with this rare form of breast cancer in August 2019. Metaplastic accounts for fewer than 1% of all breast cancers. It is larger than normal, aggressive, and travels through the blood.
It starts off like any other breast cancer but changes in form to become completely different cells. Mine were squamous cells, which the major organs of our body are lined with. I was also diagnosed Triple Negative (TNBC) but Metaplastic has a worse prognosis and decreased survival compared to TNBC. To make matters even worse, there are currently no standardized treatment guidelines specifically for MpBC.
So, there I was with my family on 16 August 2019 being told that the future did not look bright, but my team would do everything and anything to ‘cure’ this cancer. Here I am today, NED – no evidence of disease, after 16 months of the most intense chemotherapy regime, a bilateral mastectomy, and radiation.