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5 Celebrities With Triple-Negative Breast Cancer and How They Raise Awareness

Written by Torrey Kim
Posted on January 29, 2024

If you’re living with triple-negative breast cancer, you aren’t alone. However, it may not feel that way. If you’re the only person you know with this condition, it may be helpful to see public figures coming forward to talk about how they live with triple-negative breast cancer.

When celebrities share their stories about cancer treatment, it can help raise awareness for a condition that a lot of people aren’t familiar with. Read on to learn about five public figures who have discussed their lives with triple-negative breast cancer.

1. Joan Lunden

When journalist Joan Lunden was initially diagnosed with stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer in 2014, she immediately went into fight mode. The five-time Emmy nominee underwent treatment including a lumpectomy, 16 rounds of chemotherapy, and six weeks of radiation therapy. The treatment caused her to lose her hair, and she worked with a dietitian to curb other side effects that her care team anticipated.


“I want to be a beacon of hope to women not to be afraid to do their own self-exam.”

— Joan Lunden

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“I ate really clean, whole foods,” she said. “And I think that really helped. I didn’t have nausea or any real stomach upset.” When she completed treatment, Lunden decided to become an advocate for breast cancer screening, early detection, and awareness.

“I want to be a beacon of hope to women not to be afraid to do their own self-exam,” Lunden said. “Not to be afraid to go to a doctor if they think something isn’t right and not to be afraid to insist that you get that mammogram or that ultrasound if you need it.”

Lunden continues to share her story, providing support to those battling triple-negative breast cancer and other diseases. “I also really appreciate the heightened awareness I have of my ability to have an impact on this earth,” she said. “That when all is said and done, my life will have had signifi­cant meaning.”

2. Robin Roberts

Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2007 when she was 46 years old. She had surgery to remove the tumor, as well as eight rounds of chemotherapy and more than six weeks of radiation therapy. But because the tumor was found to be triple-negative breast cancer, she knows she has to be vigilant about seeing her doctor regularly to ensure that this aggressive disease doesn’t come back.

Now a breast cancer survivor, the ABC journalist is working to raise awareness of the condition, particularly because women of color face a higher risk of developing triple-negative breast cancer. Her mother advised her to use her opportunity as a public figure to be the voice for those who may not have the resources she does. Roberts urges people to get their annual checkups, routine mammograms, and secondary screenings if they have dense breast tissue.

“I am the first one to hold my hand up and say I have had so much help because of the position I’m in, but I don’t want to just take it and run,” she said. “I want to use it to be an amplifier and a magnifying glass for those who are not in this situation.”

3. Chaunte Lowe

Olympic track star Chaunte Lowe was just 34 when she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2019. “When I heard those words, I was extremely devastated,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine that a world-class athlete — [and] the healthiest that I had ever been — would face something like cancer.”


“My greatest and next goal is to continue to use the gifts that I’ve been given to be able to spread this message about early detection and research.”

— Chaunte Lowe

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She continued to train for her fifth Olympic team while managing chemotherapy. She also used her high profile to advocate for breast cancer research and awareness at events ranging from TedX talks to small venues. “I don’t care if you have a group of four girls you want me to talk to, you call me up, and I will talk to them because my story has value — I understand that is what I have at my disposal,” she said.

She told Shape magazine that she considers it one of her most important missions to share awareness about this type of cancer with others. “My greatest and next goal is to continue to use the gifts that I’ve been given to be able to spread this message about early detection and research, but also to give inspiration and hope and arm any group with the toolset to be able to persevere because it’s the story of my life,” she said. “What’s the point of living life if you don’t use it to serve others?”

4. Lizzy Musi

Known as a race car driver and for her work on the reality show “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings,” Lizzy Musi was diagnosed with stage 4 triple-negative breast cancer in 2023 when she was 32. At the time of diagnosis, Musi’s cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes and liver.

“Some days are tough to look in the mirror, but there are days where I feel stronger than ever.”

— Lizzy Musi

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Musi shared that she initially noticed a lump in her breast after breast augmentation surgery, but her doctors told her not to worry about it, despite having a history of breast cancer in her family. After she later got a second opinion, a biopsy revealed her triple-negative diagnosis.

Musi is in the midst of treatment, undergoing chemotherapy and potentially planning for radiation therapy as well. In 2023, she shared images on Instagram of herself with a shaved head after her hair began to fall out due to treatment. “Well here is the new me,” she wrote on the social media site. “Some days are tough to look in the mirror, but there are days where I feel stronger than ever.”

5. Kimmi Scott

When reality star Kimmi Scott felt a breast lump in 2022, she knew not to ignore it because she’s a registered nurse. Further exploration worried her even more, because she discovered a second lump in her armpit, sparking concerns that her lymph nodes may be involved.

The star of “Love and Marriage: Huntsville” was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer just six days later. Her treatment included breast-conserving surgery, five months of aggressive chemotherapy, and 36 rounds of radiation therapy.

Now that her treatment regimen is behind her, Scott is using her celebrity status to build awareness around the condition. “This platform afforded me an insane opportunity to talk to people who look like me, who are disproportionately affected with breast cancer because they don’t go do mammograms, don’t know to do them, can’t afford them. And they just don’t really have a voice,” she said.

The stories of these five celebrities show us what it’s like to live with triple-negative breast cancer. They talk openly about it to let others know they’re not alone. By sharing their experiences, these people help create a sense of togetherness and support. It’s a reminder for anyone facing triple-negative breast cancer that they have a community standing with them.

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