A 49-year-old female asked:
what are signs of inflammatory breast cancer?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Masoud Sadighpour answered
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Red and thick skin: Diffuse red and thick skin. Sometimes might be mistaken with skin infection but process in this invasive cancer is slower than infection.
Answered on Apr 22, 2013
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience General Surgery
Resembles Infection: Ibc is an aggressive type of breast cancer that grows very rapidly and invades the lymphatics of the skin of the breast, giving the appearance of a breast infection; the breast is often red, swollen, tender, with a rash. By definition, cancer cells have gone 'elsewhere' at diagnosis; therefore, chemotherapy is given first, followed by mastectomy, and then radiation therapy.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Devon Webster answered
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Looks like infection: Ibc occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling or a rash. Mammograms are often negative because the tumor cells grow in a sheet and don't form a lump. It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. Immediate chemotherapy is needed. It looks like an infection, so doctors often try antibiotics first, delaying diagnosis. See a medical oncologist immediately if you have these symptoms.
Answered on Jan 20, 2019
Dr. Chad Levitt answered
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
Clinical and biopsy: Inflammatory breast cancer is a very aggressive and rare firm of breast cancer that is defined by invasion of the dermal lymphatic channels in ones skin. This presents as a red spreading rash on the skin and may or may not be associated with an actual mass in the breast. Skin biopsy is used to diagnose it. Aggressive tx includes chemotherapy, mastectomy, and radiation. Reconstruction possible.
Answered on Sep 20, 2018
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