Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is a subtype of breast cancer that is disproportionately prevalent among Black women. In the US, Black women face a three-fold higher risk of being diagnosed with TNBC and are less likely to receive guideline-concordant treatment for TNBC. As a result, Black women are more likely to die from the disease than White women.
To better understand the experience of being diagnosed with TNBC as a Black woman, SHARE teamed up with Tisha Felder PhD., MSW, who served as the Principal Investigator, and her colleague Lucy Ingram MPH, PhD., to conduct a qualitative research study. Twenty Black women diagnosed with early or metastatic breast cancer were interviewed and text analysis software was utilized with an inductive coding approach to develop a codebook. Through a Black Feminist lens, codes were analyzed and themes were interpreted across the interviews.
Eight major themes and 15 recommendations emerged from the deeply personal stories shared by these brave women diagnosed with TNBC.