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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 7 - Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory Breast Cancer is another uncommon but aggressive form of cancer, in which abnormal cells infiltrate the skin and lymph vessels of the breast. This type of cancer usually does not produce a distinct tumor or lump that can be felt and isolated within the breast. Symptoms begin to appear when the lymph vessels become blocked by the cancer cells; the breast typically becomes red, swollen, and warm. The breast skin may appear pitted like an orange peel, and the nipple’s shape may change, causing it to appear dimpled or inverted.

Typically, Inflammatory Breast Cancer grows rapidly and requires aggressive treatment. It may be classified as Stage 3B, 3C, or even Stage 4, depending on your physician’s diagnosis and the results of your biopsy. The treatment most oncologists recommend includes initial chemotherapy followed by a mastectomy and chest wall radiation therapy. The doctor may recommend additional chemotherapy and hormone treatments following radiation.

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  • Megan Smith Profile

    My mother is undergoing chemo and can't drink enough water because of her vomitting. A few weeks ago she passed out. Recently, her labs came back reporting kidney damage. Are these symptoms common with chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I totally agree with Erin. Something like this is very severe and needs to addressed right away. She may have to be put on another type of chemotherapy combo if the kidney damage is originating from that or from dehydration. I think some women think they have to suffer through vomitting but...

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      I totally agree with Erin. Something like this is very severe and needs to addressed right away. She may have to be put on another type of chemotherapy combo if the kidney damage is originating from that or from dehydration. I think some women think they have to suffer through vomitting but they don't! They need to be in contact with their oncologist asap. Give Mom big hugs for us.... I hope she can start feeling better very quickly. Take care, Sharon.

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    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I believe one of the drugs in the AC treatment has the potential to affect the kidneys, but I don't know to what extent. Sounds like she may need to have IV fluid daily to keep her hydrated, stop the vomiting and protect the kidneys. Her doctors should be all over these severe symptoms. Has she...

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      I believe one of the drugs in the AC treatment has the potential to affect the kidneys, but I don't know to what extent. Sounds like she may need to have IV fluid daily to keep her hydrated, stop the vomiting and protect the kidneys. Her doctors should be all over these severe symptoms. Has she tried zofran or some other anti nausea drug for the vomiting? Good luck to both of you - sending healing thoughts.

      Comment
  • Lynn Rambo Profile

    How long after the itchiness starts will I begin to lose my hair???

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 6 years 7 answers
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    • Wanda S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      My hair started to fall out 14-16 days after my first chemo. I buzzed it a few days later.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      My scalp hurt and tingled about 14 days after my first chemo appointment. As Betti says, everybody is different. My hair then started to come out in clumps. It was lousy to have that happen but it grows back. Hang in there, and take care, Sharon

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  • G House Profile

    I am undergoing radiation after a lumpectomy and I am exhausted. Is anyone else feeling the same?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 6 answers
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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It's normal. With time you'll be back to full energy!!

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I also had a lump removed and had radiation treatments and was very tired and had no energy. but my strength is coming back and my energy. I think it just takes a while.

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    Is it true u lose hair during radiation as well?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I went through radiation and now taking tamoxifen my hair has not fallen out or getting thin

      1 comment
    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Only if they treat your scalp. If you have it one your breast area you do not. Now some of the medications you are given afterwards can cause hair thinning like tamoxifen.

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