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What are signs of inflammatory breast cancer?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Resembles Infection

Ibc is an aggressive type of breast cancer that grows very rapidly and invades the lymphatics of the skin of the breast, giving the appearance of a breast infection; the breast is often red, swollen, tender, with a rash.
By definition, cancer cells have gone 'elsewhere' at diagnosis; therefore, chemotherapy is given first, followed by mastectomy, and then radiation therapy.

In brief: Resembles Infection

Ibc is an aggressive type of breast cancer that grows very rapidly and invades the lymphatics of the skin of the breast, giving the appearance of a breast infection; the breast is often red, swollen, tender, with a rash.
By definition, cancer cells have gone 'elsewhere' at diagnosis; therefore, chemotherapy is given first, followed by mastectomy, and then radiation therapy.
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Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Red and thick skin

Diffuse red and thick skin.
Sometimes might be mistaken with skin infection but process in this invasive cancer is slower than infection.

In brief: Red and thick skin

Diffuse red and thick skin.
Sometimes might be mistaken with skin infection but process in this invasive cancer is slower than infection.
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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Clinical and biopsy

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.

In brief: Clinical and biopsy

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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