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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Inflammatory Breast Cancer (Overview)

Inflammatory breast cancer describes a particularly rare and aggresive form of breast cancer most commonly arising from the cells which line the milk ducts in the breasts. Quickly dividing cancer cells block the normal flow of blood and lymph fluid out of the breast causing trapped white blood cells to release inflammatory chemicals which cause the earliest symptoms of tender, warm, red and swollen breasts with skin changes (peau d'orange).


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What are signs of inflammatory breast cancer?

What are signs of inflammatory breast cancer?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
72 Doctors shared insights

Inflammatory Breast Cancer (Overview)

Inflammatory breast cancer describes a particularly rare and aggresive form of breast cancer most commonly arising from the cells which line the milk ducts in the breasts. Quickly dividing cancer cells block the normal flow of blood and lymph fluid out of the breast causing trapped white blood cells to release inflammatory chemicals which cause the earliest symptoms of tender, warm, red and swollen breasts with skin changes (peau d'orange).


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I've had breast pain for 2 months and tissue seems denser than other breast. If it were inflammatory breast cancer would symptoms be worse by now?

I've had breast pain for 2 months and tissue seems denser than other breast. If it were inflammatory breast cancer would symptoms be worse by now?

IBC: IBC is a very aggressive form of cancer causing redness and swelling, thus the name inflammatory. What you describe does not sound like inflammatory breast cancer (especially if to has not turned into a dreadful mess after those 2 months) but please see your doc for a good evaluation. And BTW, good to see you have never engaged in tobacco use. Good for you. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
Once
Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
Once
Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
Once
Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
Once
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I have symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer but there is a 3 week waiting time for a gp appointment. What should I do?

I have symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer but there is a 3 week waiting time for a gp appointment. What should I do?

Take charge: You must be more persistent. You are your own best medical advocate. Call and insist to be seen if you must - if you're wrong, no problem. If you're right, treatments will start almost immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mum has been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, what can I do/say to help?

My mum has been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, what can I do/say to help?

Breast Cancer: Inflammatory breast cancer is first treated with chemotherapy followed by surgery. Your mother will need your support. This can be difficult to treat. There are successful treatments of this type of breast cancer so be supportive and remain optimistic. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
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How do I know I have invasive ductal carcinoma versus inflammatory breast cancer?

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

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. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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Where can I get help to rule out inflammatory breast cancer?

Where can I get help to rule out inflammatory breast cancer?

Many places: Your healthcare provider would be a good place to start. That person could then refer you as needed. Alternately you could make an appointment at a comprehensive breast center in your area, that would provide you with a breast exam and a mammogram to begin with. The important think is to acatually seek help. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
Once
Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
Once
If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
Once
If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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My mum has been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, what can I do/say to help?

Breast Cancer: Inflammatory breast cancer is first treated with chemotherapy followed by surgery. Your mother will need your support. This can be difficult to treat. There are successful treatments of this type of breast cancer so be supportive and remain optimistic. ...Read more

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I've had breast pain for 2 months and tissue seems denser than other breast. If it were inflammatory breast cancer would symptoms be worse by now?

IBC: IBC is a very aggressive form of cancer causing redness and swelling, thus the name inflammatory. What you describe does not sound like inflammatory breast cancer (especially if to has not turned into a dreadful mess after those 2 months) but please see your doc for a good evaluation. And BTW, good to see you have never engaged in tobacco use. Good for you. ...Read more

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What is inflammatory breast cancer?

What is inflammatory breast cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Inflammatory breast cancer, what to do?

Inflammatory breast cancer, what to do?

Comply: Nowadays, even the more aggressive forms of breast cancer are often manageable or even curable. Get with a competent physician that you trust, get a second opinion if you wish, and cherish each day of life no matter what happens. ...Read more

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Odds of inflammatory breast cancer at 18?

Odds of inflammatory breast cancer at 18?

Very rare: Very, very rare but any concerns should be addressed in person by a gynecologist and/or breast specialist. ...Read more

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What to do if inflammatory breast cancer?

What to do if inflammatory breast cancer?

Start treatment NOW: Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that requires intensive therapy right away, starting with chemotherapy followed by surgery and radiation. If this is about you, make sure you get a good multidisciplinary team. Best to you. ...Read more

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What exactly is inflammatory breast cancer?

What exactly is inflammatory breast cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What are signs of inflammatory breast cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Can inflammatory breast cancer get worse and better?

Can inflammatory breast cancer get worse and better?

Depends on stage: It is an aggressive disease. There is no stages 1 or 2. It is either stage 3 or 4 at diagnosis. For stage 3, chemotherapy is usually given first, follwed by surgery, then radiation therapy. Hormonal therapy if er+. Yes, patients may be cured with proper treatment, but many do have recurrence. For stage 4, patients may do well on chemo initially but in all the cancer will progress eventually. ...Read more

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Can there be any breast cancer worse than inflammatory breast cancer?

Can there be any breast cancer worse than inflammatory breast cancer?

Breast cancer: Inflammatory breast cancer can be very difficult to treat because of its involvement in the skin. That being said I have participated in several cases with favorable outcomes. ...Read more

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What distinguishes inflammatory breast cancer from invasive breast cancer?

What distinguishes inflammatory breast cancer from invasive breast cancer?

Inflammatory breast: Cancer is a subtype of invasive breast cancer that involves the skin. It causes the skin to appear inflamed. ...Read more

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What is inflammatory breast cancer, how is it different from other cancers?

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. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between inflammatory breast cancer and invasive breast cancer?

Is there a difference between inflammatory breast cancer and invasive breast cancer?

Pathology: Inflammatory breast cancer is a form of invasive cancer. It is 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.”. ...Read more

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If you have inflammatory breast cancer could you have a big appetite & feel energetic?

If you have inflammatory breast cancer could you have a big appetite & feel energetic?

Yes: Having inflammatory breast cancer does not necessarily mean you would lose appetite or energy. It also doesn't mean the cancer has spread. But it is aggressive and needs prompt treatment. If the breast is red, has dimpling, is enlarged or swollen or has a mass, see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many of you out there have heard of inflammatory breast cancer?

Can you let me know how many of you out there have heard of inflammatory breast cancer?

Inflammatory: Breast cancer is a relatively uncommon form or breast cancer that can mimic breast infection, or mastitis. It can present with thickened/red skin, a sense of abnormal warmth in the breast, and a feeling that the breast tissue is "heavier" on exam compared to the other side. It should be considered when treatment for mastitis with antibiotics doesn't produce the expected healing response. ...Read more

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What to do do inflammatory breast cancer or something else!! please anyone have these symptoms?

Get seen NOW: If you have redness / thickening of a portion of your breast, or a dominant mass in the breast, get right to a competent practitioner who can proceed with the workup and probable biopsy. Don't even stop on the internet to ask whether anyone else shares your symptoms or what to do. Be brave. Take charge. Think of how many people love you. Use this chance to -- likely -- save your life. ...Read more

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How is inflammatory breast cancer different from other types of breast cancer? Why is it difficult to detect and diagnose?

How is inflammatory breast cancer different from other types of breast cancer? Why is it difficult to detect and diagnose?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
4,344 Doctors shared insights

Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
1,378 Doctors shared insights

Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more