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What type of breast cancer that cause the breast to swell and cause under the armpit to have a painful lump? And does that mean the cancer has spread

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly IBC

Inflammatory breast cancer occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling.
It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. It looks like an infection, so doctors often try antibiotics first, delaying diagnosis. However, infection is also a possibility. See a doctor immediately for these symptoms. If it is cancer, your symptoms don't mean it has spread. But you need a biopsy of any lump!

In brief: Possibly IBC

Inflammatory breast cancer occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling.
It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. It looks like an infection, so doctors often try antibiotics first, delaying diagnosis. However, infection is also a possibility. See a doctor immediately for these symptoms. If it is cancer, your symptoms don't mean it has spread. But you need a biopsy of any lump!
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Dr. Steven Hebert
Also this could be mastitis but it absolutely important to have an inflammatory breast carcinoma ruled out. See your doctor and get this diagnosed.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Infiltrating duct

All carcinomas of the breast will eventually metastasize or spread to the axilla.
Intraductal lesions in the process of converting are within the duct system, non palpable and wont spread until they become invasive. Swelling occurs when the tumor enlarges but not to the extent seen with inflammatory Ca where the swelling is within the subcutaneous lymphatic system only.

In brief: Infiltrating duct

All carcinomas of the breast will eventually metastasize or spread to the axilla.
Intraductal lesions in the process of converting are within the duct system, non palpable and wont spread until they become invasive. Swelling occurs when the tumor enlarges but not to the extent seen with inflammatory Ca where the swelling is within the subcutaneous lymphatic system only.
Dr. Myron Arlen
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Dr. Velma Scantlebury
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: May not be cancer

Breast cancer usually does not present with pain and swelling in most cases.
Pain in armpit may be related to some nearby infection in hair follicle or in breast. See you doctor and get checked asap.

In brief: May not be cancer

Breast cancer usually does not present with pain and swelling in most cases.
Pain in armpit may be related to some nearby infection in hair follicle or in breast. See you doctor and get checked asap.
Dr. Velma Scantlebury
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