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what is inflammatory breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Aggressive Cancer: 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
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Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Type of cancer: Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” inflammatory breast cancer accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States.
Answered on Sep 29, 2018
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Dr. Robert Whitfield
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Breast Cancer: Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive breast cancer. Even jn the face of this diagnosis treatment with chemotherapy followed by surgery and immediate breast reconstruction can leave patients with good results. I am willing to do these high risk cases to help provide women with the opportunity for breast reconstruction.
Answered on Dec 1, 2013
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Dr. Chad Levitt
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
Dermal lymphatic inv: 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 24, 2013
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Dr. Devon Webster
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 May 24, 2020
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