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.
Rare type of cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer which may give the appearance of a breast infection. Cancer cells block the lymphatics in the skin of the breast, leading to signs that mimic infection: breast redness, swelling, heaviness, pain, and/or thickening of the skin that may resemble the appearance of the surface of an orange.
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.
Clinical diagnosis. 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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How does breast cancer develop exactly?

Breast cancer. This question gets into the dna level of tumor formation. Basically, any tumor starts with a cell that somehow loses its aability to stop dividing thereby making copies of itself. So a tumor cell just keeps dividing thereby increasing its numbers exponentially over time. Cont'd.... Read more...
Breast cancer. Cont'd: cancer cells are unique in that they also develop the ability to break off form the mother cell, land somewhere, and grow into new tumors by just continually dividing like the mother cell. This is called metastasis. Read more...
Type of cancer. Breast cancer is a type of cancer which originates in the ductal lining of the breast. Cells become abnormal and then become invasive and spread outside the ducts. Cancer cells can then travel to distant sights in the body through the lymphatic channels. Read more...

What exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

Distal Spread. Metastasis occurs when a cancer spreads outside of its organ of origin. Therefore metastatic breast cancer is when breast cancer has spread to involve other organs outside of the breast such as the lymph nodes, liver, lung, etc. Read more...
Stage 4 Cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that started in the breast, but has spread into other places like the liver, lung, bones or brain. It is also called stage 4 breast cancer. It is not usually curable, but many women live with metastatic breast cancer for years with ongoing treatment. Read more...
Distant disease. Metastatic breast cancer refers to breast cancer cells that have traveled from the breast through the lymphatic system to distant locations in the body. Read more...

What exactly is breast cancer reconstruction? Is it safe?

Yes. Reconstruction is a surgical procedure to create a new breast following a mastectomy. This may be as simple as placing an implant or as complicated as performing a tissue transfer from the abdominal wall or back. Like all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with the operation, yet most healthy people are excellent candidates following mastectomy. Read more...
Yes. Breast reconstruction refers to a general set of procedures to restore a breast to "normal." it carries its own specific risks and benefits as well as complications. You health status, your smoking status, and body mass index, as well as the stage of your cancer usually defines how well reconstruction is suited for you. Otherwise it is relatively very safe. Read more...
Rebuilding a breast. Breast reconstruction is the rebuilding of a breast, usually after breast cancer (mastectomy or lumpectomy). The patient's own tissue (from another part of the body) or a breast implant can be used. More than 1 surgery is often needed. The nipple and areola can also be reconstructed. Some patients also have surgery on the other breast for best symmetry. It is safe in good surgical candidates. Read more...
Restoring breast. Reconstruction of the breasts is restoring the breast shape as much as possible to normal after breast cancer treatment has caused a deformity. Sometimes cancer treatment removes part of a breast, and sometimes the entire breast. There are many options that you can chose from after having a long discussion between your plastic surgeon, oncologist and yourself. Read more...

Can you tell me what exactly is metastatic breast cancer?

Cancer 'elsewhere' Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from its organ of origin to another part of the body. For example, the most common sites of metastases for breast cancer are the lungs, liver, and bone. Most breast cancers, when caught early and treated in a timely manner, do not ever spread to other organs. Read more...
Stage 4 cancer. There are 4 stages of cancer, with stage 4 being the highest. Stage 4 means cancer has spread outside of the place it started and can't be removed by surgery. Women with stage 4, or metastatic, breast cancer cannot usually be cured. The cancer can be treated to keep it under control, often for years, but it depends on the type of breast cancer. Read more...
Distant disease. This means the breast cancer cells have traveled outside of the breast to other locations in the body. Read more...

How exactly can breast feeding lower the risk of breast cancer?

Hormonal changes. Breast feeding has been shown to be a factor that is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer the cause if this effect is most likely hormonal as estrogen levels are one of the factors that increase the risk of breast cancer. Read more...
Number of Periods. Epidemiological studies have shown multiple factors associated with lower risks for breast cancer in women who have had fewer periods (late puberty, early menopause, pregnancy esp@early age, breastfeeding). We think this has to do with estrogen exposure but its probably not that simple. Read more...

Can a 16 year old get breast cancer? And how exactly are the breast cancer lumps?

Unlikely. Unlikely but not impossible. The youngest Breast cancer patient I have worked with was 18. That said, when you are examining your breasts you are feeling for a place that is different from the rest. It is normal for a young female to have dense breasts with "lumps". Hormone changes can also make cystic areas in the tissue. If you have an area that concerns you please ask your GYN or PCP. Read more...

Can you please tell me what exactly is combined modality treatment for breast cancer?

Three Tools. Breast cancer treatment centers on 3 basic modes of attack: surgery-removal of the cancer from its site of origin is often the first rx; chemotherapy-medication that circulates throughout the body to kill any cancer cells that may have travelled outside the organ of origin; radiation therapy-focused rx to kill cancer cells in/near organ of origin that may not have been removed by surgery. Read more...