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Single Mother With Breast Cancer Gene Looks Forward

During October, breast cancer awareness month, the subject is top of mind. But for Kristie Cox of West Carrollton, breast cancer has become life impacting year round since she was diagnosed with a particularly deadly form in early 2013. After that appointment, Cox was scheduled for a biopsy and the tests came back positive for Stage 3, “triple negative,” breast cancer, an invasive ductal carcinoma. Cox, 46, had also tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene and had lost her mother, grandmother, two aunts and grandfather to cancer. “The bad news about her rare form of breast cancer is that it does not respond well to traditional treatments. “Triple negative breast cancer cells do not have estrogen or progesterone receptors” said Dr. Erin Macrae, of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, the hospital where Cox is being treated. “Kristie has just completed chemo but will need aggressive treatment including surgery and radiation.”