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A 34-year-old member asked:

How do i know i have invasive ductal carcinoma versus inflammatory breast cancer?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Biopsy: First, the physical examination of the rare form of inflammatory breast cancer will show diffuse red swelling of the skin of much of the breast. Biopsy of the breast skin would show cancer cells in the skin lymphatics. Invasive ductal breast cancer is contained in the breast tissues and not spreading into the breast skin.
Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 27 years experience
Breast cancer: The tissue from surgery or biopsy is sent to a pathologist to be looked at under a microscope. The pathologist looks at the slide and determines the type of breast cancer.
Dr. John Rimmer
Dr. John Rimmer commented
General Surgery 39 years experience
Inflammatory breast cancer can cause areas of redness in the skin that mimics infection due to the cancer cells invading the lymphatics
Nov 24, 2012
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Your doc: Inflammatory breast cancer is what is called a "clinical diagnosis". This means that there is not one exact test that confirms ibc. A doctor has to take all the information together-- exam, pathology, skin biopsy, symptoms-- and make the diagnosis. What i can say is that inflammatory breast cancer is not quiet, so you and your doctor will know if that's what you have! it's painful!
Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
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.

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A 40-year-old female asked:

Is it possible during treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma that you could also develop inflammatory breast cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Need more details: It is unusual to be faced with this question because invasive cancer simply means the cancer is real and not in-situ (stage-0) any more. Inflammatory cancer is one type of invasive cancer. Other types are called invasive ductal carcinoma or invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the survival statistics for breast cancer invasive ductal carcinoma?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: There are many factors needed to know, not just the cell type . It depends on tumor size, lymph node status, and possible dna cell type evaluation. Need to review all the reports with your oncologist to get accurate information on the expected results with proper treatments.

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