loading... close

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.

Related Questions

  • Thumb avatar default

    Why have a double masectomy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      That's such a tough decision, and a very personal one. For me, I chose to have a double mastectomy for several reasons. My "good" breast had several micro calcifications as well as other small cysts. My stage of cancer didn't allow me to have immediate reconstruction. But after I go through...

      more

      That's such a tough decision, and a very personal one. For me, I chose to have a double mastectomy for several reasons. My "good" breast had several micro calcifications as well as other small cysts. My stage of cancer didn't allow me to have immediate reconstruction. But after I go through radiation & given the "thumbs up" I will have reconstructive surgery. If I had kept my left breast....it would have to been operated on to match my reconstructed breast. So symmetry was another reason. Although I chose to have both breasts removed there are no guarantees my cancer won't return in the future. It could  even come back somewhere else in my body. That's a reality. But I choose to remain optimistic in my recovery & knowing I have done everything in my power to keep a reoccurrence from happening. Good luck and God bless you in whatever you choose.

      Comment
  • Anonymous Stage 2 Profile

    Forgive me if this sounds petty but it's been 5 weeks since surgery and now the top of my finger is numb. Is this related in any way? Should I call my doctor?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    over 5 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Absolutely. We would be guessing, your doctor will know. Take care, Sharon

      1 comment
    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yep call the dr - could b nerve or could b a clot

      2 comments
  • Karen G Profile

    I had a Mediport put in last Thursday the Dr. covered it with tape and gauze. Do I need to keep it covered? Also, recovering from breast surgery which will take about 4 weeks, than I start Chemo. Do I need to do anything with my port in the meantime?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 5 years 6 answers
    • View all 6 answers
    • Lisa W Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Gosh..seems like "yesterday" that i was having my port placed. I was so nervous and happy to say, it all went well!!!! Made my chemo treatments so much easier. -As far as taking care of your port while you are in the healing stages, keep it dry for the first wk or so and the "liquid" bandage...

      more

      Gosh..seems like "yesterday" that i was having my port placed. I was so nervous and happy to say, it all went well!!!! Made my chemo treatments so much easier. -As far as taking care of your port while you are in the healing stages, keep it dry for the first wk or so and the "liquid" bandage should come off in its own. Pretty soon you wont even know its there. ;/) dont be afraid to ask your Dr or nurses about instructions or care while your port is still fresh. Better safe than sorry i always say. ;) also, im assuming your dr prescribed a numbing cream for you. If they havent yet, ask them. This cream was so helpful to me. You actually rub it on and around your port an hour before your chemo treatment. I placed "press n seal"...(seran wrap) over it too so it didnt get on my clothes. This cream helped when my nurse would access my port for chemo. Plus, i still had her spray the "cold spray" too. Lol! All will be ok..stay positive and take it 1 day at a time!!! Oh..by the way..im having my very lady chemo this Fri then we wait a few weeks before my port is removed!!!! I xant believe

      2 comments
    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Make sure u have the port flushed in 3 weeks - that will keep it from clotting off

      Comment
  • Sharon Hardwick Profile

    Do they still do removal of both breasts?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 4 answers
    • View all 4 answers
    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      While a bilateral mastectomy is still an option than many women choose, it is not alway the choice. In some cases, a single breast mastectomy is recomended to speed the process of treatment and then the woman is give the option to remove the second breast during reconstruction. There are some,...

      more

      While a bilateral mastectomy is still an option than many women choose, it is not alway the choice. In some cases, a single breast mastectomy is recomended to speed the process of treatment and then the woman is give the option to remove the second breast during reconstruction. There are some, like myself who live with one breast.

      Comment
    • Surf  Momma Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes. Had mine removed 8/15/11

      Comment

Educational Video

Personal Story

Related Topics

Looking for another topic?
Use the search box in the top right.

Footer 2

Inspire hope by becoming an advocate for breast cancer prevention.

spread the word