Inflammatory Breast Cancer

What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer? Symptoms and Treatment Methods

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Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is seen with the following symptoms and develops rapidly.

  • temperature in the breast
  • Redness involving at least one-third of the breast
  • Skin thickening in the breast (edema/swelling)
  • Skin streaking on the breast

Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare type of breast cancer that develops rapidly and makes the affected breast red, swollen and tender. Inflammatory breast cancer occurs when cancer cells block the lymphatic vessels in the skin that covers the breast, causing the breast to have a characteristic red, swollen appearance. In this case, first of all, antibiotic treatment can be prescribed under the control of a doctor in terms of infection. This can be a good first step, but if symptoms worsen within 7 to 10 days, a series of tests should be done to look for cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer grows and spreads quickly, which can cause swelling and lymph nodes under the arm or over the collarbone. If the diagnosis is delayed, the cancer may develop further and spread to the breast lymph nodes or distant sites. If you have any of these symptoms, it does not mean that you have inflammatory breast cancer in the foreground. Inflammatory breast cancer can easily be confused with a breast infection, which is a much more common cause of breast redness and swelling. If you notice skin changes on your breast, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Symptoms

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Inflammatory breast cancer does not commonly form a lump like other types of breast cancer. Instead, signs and symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include:

  • rapid change in the appearance of a breast over several weeks
  • Thickness, weight, or visible enlargement of a breast
  • Discoloration that gives the breast a red, purple, pink, or bruised appearance
  • Unusual temperature of the affected breast
  • Orange peel-like pits or bumps on the skin of the affected breast
  • Tenderness, pain or soreness
  • Enlarged lymph nodes under the arm, above the collarbone, or below the collarbone
  • Flattening or inward turning of the nipple

These symptoms must be present for less than six months for inflammatory breast cancer to be diagnosed.


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Diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer

Your doctor will usually refer you to a breast clinic for tests.

mammogram, which is an X-ray of the breast (for some women, it is not possible to have a mammogram because the breast is swollen and painful)
breast ultrasound
skin biopsy of the breast
biopsy of breast mass (if felt or seen on ultrasound scan)
MRI scan of the breast
Other tests may include CT scan or PET-CT scan and bone scan.
Inflammatory breast cancer treatment

Treatment for inflammatory breast cancer may differ slightly from other types of breast cancer. Chemotherapy You usually receive chemotherapy as your first treatment. This is called neo adjuvant chemotherapy. It helps control cancer cells in the breast and reduces swelling. It also aims to destroy cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body. Surgery After chemotherapy, you will have surgery unless there is a reason why it is not suitable for you. Most likely a mastectomy can be done. Some women can have breast-conserving surgery. For this type of surgery, the surgeon removes the cancerous area and surrounding healthy tissue. But for most women, a mastectomy is the best option. The surgeon usually removes the lymph nodes in your armpit. Radiotherapy After surgery, you receive radiotherapy to the remaining breast tissue. This is to help stop the cancer from coming back. Other drug therapy you may have If your breast cancer has hormone receptors, you have had hormone therapy tablets for several years. Your doctor may also recommend targeted cancer therapy, such as trastuzumab and pertuzumab, if your cancer has receptors for these drugs. breast reconstruction After you have finished your treatment (delayed reconstruction), you can have a breast reconstruction. Ask your surgeon and they can tell you if this is right for you. Survival for inflammatory breast cancer Many factors can affect the life expectancy of women with inflammatory breast cancer. These include:

  • exact location of the cancer
  • how big the cancer is and whether it has spread only to the lymph nodes or to other organs
  • how abnormal the cancer cells look under the microscope (class)
  • your age
  • your general health
  • whether cancer cells have receptors for hormone treatments
  • how well the cancer responds to treatment

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Bursa Contact

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