Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) accounts for ∼25% of breast cancer among premenopausal African-American and Latino women1. Curcumin (diferuloylmethane; CCM), a natural polyphenol extracted from turmeric, has chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activity in various cancers 2,3 and inhibits growth and invasion of TNBC/basal-like MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells 4. CCM has been reported to affect all stages of tumor progression and metastases due to its interactions with multiple targets. We employ a novel approach utilizing both computational and experimental modeling to characterize and analyze TNBC and the 3D tumor microenvironment responses to albumin bound CCM particles (ACP) versus CCM alone.

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