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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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    Is stage 4 fatal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 2 answers
    • Debbir Calvert Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      When I had breast cancer 12 years ago, a friend of mine had stage 4 breast cancer. It has been 12 years, and she is doing just fine. Faith and hope are the two words to remember. 

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      how long do stage 4 caner patients live

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  • kim sosa Profile

    I'm about to start my chemo is it safe to go to a baseball game and nascar race? These are tickets that were bought before I was diagnosed. I'm guessing propably not because of my immune system being low. Do I just stay in the house? Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 8 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      If you haven't started chemo yet Kim....then I would say go & have a good time. When you begin chemo there might be times when you don't want to risk going out in public because of your counts being low. But if you haven't begun yet....in my opinion I would go & have a good time! :)

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I went to a game between treatments and it was fine! I never stayed in the house even when I knew my counts were the lowest. But I was more careful--washed my hands more, sanitized surfaces, etc. but I tried to do things to get me through it.

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  • Alglen Thelex Garay Profile

    Hello, is it safe to cut nails after chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Cut them close but be careful not to cut the skin. Depends on the chemo drugs but I had a really tough time with my nails. I finally lost some of them.

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      anonymous
      Stage 3B Patient

      Sorry, my nails turned black but I didn't lose any of them. They did get very brittle ;(

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  • Kathy M Profile

    I just had my third taxol and I have one more to go but I feel like the bone pain has gotten progressively worse. Is this normal? What can I take for it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 6 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Kathy, I can definitely relate. I had bone pain from Taxol as well. Also with the Neulasta shot I received periodically. Are you getting the Neulasta/Neupogen shot along with your chemo? That will also cause bone pain. There are several things that helped me. I took Tylenol every six hours...

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      Hi Kathy, I can definitely relate. I had bone pain from Taxol as well. Also with the Neulasta shot I received periodically. Are you getting the Neulasta/Neupogen shot along with your chemo? That will also cause bone pain. There are several things that helped me. I took Tylenol every six hours for two days before my treatment, then the day of & after. Vitamin B6 & magnesium. Claritin helped me quite a bit with bone pain from my Neulasta shot. I has several women give me that tip. Don't ask me how it works since its an antihistamine....but it does. It needs to be taken the day before, the day of treatment, then every day for a few days after. Soaking in a hot bath, & a moist heating pad helps too. I hope this helps you. Hang in there Kathy! :)

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    • Cathy Wadkins Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hey Kathy,

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