Medical Monday: Surviving breast cancer

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tracy McGlon is a wife, mother and breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with triple negative invasive ductal cell carcinoma.

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"Triple negative is thought to be a more aggressive subtype...outcomes are usually not as good, but at the same time, it's more sensitive to chemotherapy," explained Medical Oncologist Dr. Tariq Mahmood.

McGlon underwent months of chemotherapy before having a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.

"I'll be honest. I battle fear a little bit, fear of recurrence, and I just have to remind myself that I can't let that fear rob me of the joy of the day," said McGlon.

Dr. Mahmood offers hope to women who are diagnosed, "It's not a death sentence by any means. It's something that can often be cured if caught early."

That's why breast cancer screenings are so important. Each cancer is different and the treatment will vary on the type of breast cancer in which a patient is diagnosed.