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Wendie's Story

March 13, 2005 was a day Wendie Den Brok will never forget. It was the day that Wendie found out she was accepted into medical school... and the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite receiving a diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer, an often aggressive subtype of the disease, Wendie was determined to follow her dream of attending medical school. Today, not only is Wendie disease-free, she now works as an oncologist alongside a team of researchers across Canada who are studying the same type of breast cancer that Wendie was diagnosed with.


At the time she was diagnosed, Wendie’s options were limited. There were no clinical trials of specialized treatments available, so Wendie decided to undergo chemotherapy. When the disease metastasized, Wendie discussed with her oncologist the option of implementing a combination therapy not typically used at the time to treat breast cancer. Eventually, the combination worked and Wendie was clear of her disease.

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Driven by a desire to help others, Wendie took on the role as patient advocate for the Stand Up To Cancer Canada – Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Dream Team, supported by CIBC, working alongside some of Canada’s top scientists across a variety of disciplines and institutions in an attempt to accelerate research on new treatments for breast cancer. To date, the Dream Team has developed three novel drugs specifically for aggressive and hard-to-treat breast cancer subtypes like triple negative breast cancer, which will be fast-tracked to the clinic. For the Dream Team, this is just the beginning of a brighter future towards a world without breast cancer.

By beating the odds, Wendie’s experience with breast cancer now places her in a position to help others facing similar situations. Why did Wendie’s treatments work to clear her of metastatic breast cancer? “I ask myself that question all the time,” Wendy says.”It’s in the science and it’s in the biology and that’s where we have to go in order to help women have a similar outcome as I was so lucky to have.”

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More than 25,000 Canadians are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and their personal journeys are unique and deeply moving.