Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is one of the most biologically aggressive and very often lethal breast disease. It is one of the most puzzling women malignancies, and it currently appears not to be a good candidate to a standardized, unanimously accepted and sufficiently active therapeutic strategy. Fast proliferating and poorly differentiated, it is histopathologically heterogeneous, and even more ambiguous at the molecular level, offering few recurrent actionable targets to the clinicians. It is a formidable and vicious enemy that requires a huge investigational effort to find its vital weak spots. Here, we provide a broad review of “old but gold” biological aspects that taken together may help in finding new TNBC management strategies. A better and updated knowledge of the origins, war-like tactics, refueling mechanisms and escape routes of TNBC, will help in moving the decisive steps towards its final defeat.
- Triple-negative breast cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research