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Can inflammatory breast cancer symptoms get better with antibiotics and then get worse once off antibiotics ?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
7 doctors agree

In brief: No.

Inflammatory breast cancer is a type of breast cancer where the lymphatics that drain the skin of the breast become plugged by cancer cells giving the appearance of an infection.
Antibiotics should only affect bacterial infections, and since the breast is not infected with this form of cancer, antibiotics should have no effect.

In brief: No.

Inflammatory breast cancer is a type of breast cancer where the lymphatics that drain the skin of the breast become plugged by cancer cells giving the appearance of an infection.
Antibiotics should only affect bacterial infections, and since the breast is not infected with this form of cancer, antibiotics should have no effect.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Barry Rosen
A core biopsy of the area is a very reliable test to check for cancer. I recommend that you follow-up with the surgeon who performed the core biopsy and share your concerns. It is very simple to perform a skin biopsy, if he/she thinks it is beneficial.
Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: YES!!

Ibc can improve with certain antibiotics, because they decrease inflammatory proteins.
This can cause a delay in diagnosis. However, a breast infection or cellulitis can also improve and then worsen off antibiotics. If you have persistent redness, swelling, or breast pain that has not resolved after several weeks of antibiotics, please see a breast specialist as soon as possible!

In brief: YES!!

Ibc can improve with certain antibiotics, because they decrease inflammatory proteins.
This can cause a delay in diagnosis. However, a breast infection or cellulitis can also improve and then worsen off antibiotics. If you have persistent redness, swelling, or breast pain that has not resolved after several weeks of antibiotics, please see a breast specialist as soon as possible!
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Inflammatory breast cancer is not due to infection with associated inflammation .
Rather it is a superficial form of tumor, highly aggressive and invading the subcutanceous lymphatics to give the red appearance around the tumor which appears as an area of swollen tissue . . Bx will show the subcutaneous lymphatics plugged with tumor which responds to hormones and chemo

In brief: No

Inflammatory breast cancer is not due to infection with associated inflammation .
Rather it is a superficial form of tumor, highly aggressive and invading the subcutanceous lymphatics to give the red appearance around the tumor which appears as an area of swollen tissue . . Bx will show the subcutaneous lymphatics plugged with tumor which responds to hormones and chemo
Dr. Myron Arlen
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Dr. John Ricotta
The differential diagnosis between inflammatory breast cancer and a breast infection (mastitis) is not easy. In general cancer would not get better with antibiotics but if there has been persistence for more than 2 weeks or so a biopsy should be considered to help choose the appropriate treatment
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