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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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  • Cathy Hippe Profile

    Does breast cancer hurt?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 8 answers
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    • Gail Horton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I did have pain with mine that was localized in my nipple for several months but my tumor was located in my ducts and could not be felt by physical exam. It was detected by a mammogram. If you are having pain that last through several menstral cycles, please have it checked out by your doctor and...

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      I did have pain with mine that was localized in my nipple for several months but my tumor was located in my ducts and could not be felt by physical exam. It was detected by a mammogram. If you are having pain that last through several menstral cycles, please have it checked out by your doctor and a mammogram as soon as possible.

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    • Myles Digby Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Most often breast cancer is painless, unless the tumor involves the skin or the chest wall. Any lump that is new, painless or not, should be brought to your doctors attention.

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    I have gained about 20 pounds during chemo. I still have to have surgery and radiation. Does anyone have some tips to lose some weight?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 9 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Chemotherapy --messes-- with you in many ways. The way you metabalize food can be one of them and also lack of regular exercise. Unfortunately, the way to lose weight is nothing magical... exercise and a careful selection of foods you eat. Vegies, fruit, lean protein, whole grains. My friend,...

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      Chemotherapy --messes-- with you in many ways. The way you metabalize food can be one of them and also lack of regular exercise. Unfortunately, the way to lose weight is nothing magical... exercise and a careful selection of foods you eat. Vegies, fruit, lean protein, whole grains. My friend, who I call a "foodie" told me the easiest way to shop for the right kind of food.... she says "Shop the perimeter of the grocery store" because that is where you find the least processed foods. The other is eat food that is closest to the way is "grew". The last was don't eat anything that is "white" which means "processed" white flour, sugar, ect. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      I gained around 25 pounds. I tried not to focuss on it and took the outlook that had a little more to spare when I did not feel good enough to eat or got sick. As the others have mentioned just focus on what you can do when you feel good enough to move around for some exercise (walking). I...

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      I gained around 25 pounds. I tried not to focuss on it and took the outlook that had a little more to spare when I did not feel good enough to eat or got sick. As the others have mentioned just focus on what you can do when you feel good enough to move around for some exercise (walking). I eventually got some of it back off, but again I don' t focuss on it. I take each day at a time and feel thankful for all that I have and am. Hang in there.

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  • Jan  Hasak Profile

    Does exercise help when you are undergoing chemotherapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2003
    over 7 years 3 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      Exercising while undergoing chemotherapy can be beneficial both psychologically and physically. Light and stimulating exercise can help to reduce fatigue and the risk of thrombosis (blood clotting in the veins). It can also keep the bones strong and healthy and reduce the risk of weight gain...

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      Exercising while undergoing chemotherapy can be beneficial both psychologically and physically. Light and stimulating exercise can help to reduce fatigue and the risk of thrombosis (blood clotting in the veins). It can also keep the bones strong and healthy and reduce the risk of weight gain related to chemotherapy. A walk or gentle run has also been known to help with mild nausea. Additionally, exercise can increase your sense of self-empowerment and improve social integration.

      You need to remember that your ability to perform strenuous exercise may be impaired, so you need to develop a light exercise routine and find a balance that is most beneficial to you.

      Hope this helps!

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      It helped me!

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    How long did you have wait to start radiation after chemotherapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 6 years 4 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      4 to 5 weeks. It gives you a chance to heal a little bit.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Usually about 4-5 weeks after. God bless.

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