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Doctor insights on: Inflammatory Breast Cancer Prognosis

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it 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


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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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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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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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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?

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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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Inflammatory Breast Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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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