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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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    Hi! I have just been diagnosed and go for surgery in about 10 days. How long after surgery will I be able to get back to my daily jogging and exercise classes? Also, Will I still be able to jog and go to gym during radiation therapy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I agree with the above answer. It depends... on the type of surgery you have. Are you going to have a lumpetomy, mastectomy with just sentinal nodes or full axillary type surgery? Everybody reacts in their own way. You may feel weak and tired. You also need to let your body recover from the...

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      I agree with the above answer. It depends... on the type of surgery you have. Are you going to have a lumpetomy, mastectomy with just sentinal nodes or full axillary type surgery? Everybody reacts in their own way. You may feel weak and tired. You also need to let your body recover from the anesthetic and just the trauma of the surgery. After my mastectomy, I was pretty much back to normal even before the drain was removed. The first two days, I was very, very, tired. I had --zero-- post operative pain. That being said.... I am just one person on one end of the spectrum. There are plenty of other women who had the opposite reaction to a mastectomy. If you have a mastectomy, and plan to have reconstruction, during the mastectomy process, an expander is placed. The expander can give you some grief because I have yet to hear of anyone saying they didn't have discomfort. You probably will be free to do any kind of exercise you feel up to but always check with your surgeon. I am sure your surgeon would be leery of any really vigorous exercise that might cause bleeding or dislodging of drains. You need to listen to your body.... if you are tired, rest. We all have the desire to get back to normal as soon as we can. Don't try to push yourself to do something that is too much. It may set you back in the healing process. I am not saying to become a couch potato, just cooperate with your body to allow it to heal. Please keep in touch with us here. We are here to help support one another through and after this journey. Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It will depend on what type of surgery you will be having, you would need more down time for a mastectomy than you would for a lumpectomy. Not sure about jogging and exercise classes you may have to give the gym a miss for a short time. Good luck

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  • celien thorne Profile

    Are there any home remedies for pain in my mouth (tongue specifically)? The doctor prescribed a mouth wash, but the pharmacy didn't fill it in time and I can barely swallow.

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 7 years 6 answers
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    • Linda Burke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I have the same problem and used this recipe from my onc.....use 1quart water and add in 1tsp baking soda and 1tsp salt and shake to dissolve. Then gargle with it several times a day. I keep in frig and use as needed. It worked!!!!! Good luck to you!!!!

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      My daughter use to get ulcers on her tongue her pediatrician had me make a paste 1/2% mylanta 1/2% Benadryl elixir using a q-tip paint the affected area mylanta helps to provide a protective barrier and the antihistamine in Benadryl relieves the pain and discomfort. He also advised to stay away...

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      My daughter use to get ulcers on her tongue her pediatrician had me make a paste 1/2% mylanta 1/2% Benadryl elixir using a q-tip paint the affected area mylanta helps to provide a protective barrier and the antihistamine in Benadryl relieves the pain and discomfort. He also advised to stay away from sugar and acid type of foods. Hope that helps. Take care

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  • Francine Williams Profile

    Can anyone tell me how radiation works? (I have a Dr. Appointment on Monday)

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 1 answer
    • Joanne Uppendahl Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Hi Francine,

      The way I understand it is that radiation prevents new cancer cells from growing.
      I think that it destroys any remaining cells that still may be present, as these are the 'growing' type of cell. In my experience of radiation, I found that it wasn't unpleasant, and side effects...

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      Hi Francine,

      The way I understand it is that radiation prevents new cancer cells from growing.
      I think that it destroys any remaining cells that still may be present, as these are the 'growing' type of cell. In my experience of radiation, I found that it wasn't unpleasant, and side effects at the time were minimal. Later, I was more tired
      than usual and needed naps and comfort food. Be good to yourself, and don't
      be afraid to ask for help in the weeks ahead when you may be fatigued. My
      radiated breast is slightly more perky than the unradiated one, and looks
      good now that the pinkness has faded! I hope this helps.

      All my best thoughts and warmest wishes,
      JoUp

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  • Lisa Majka  Profile

    How many types of Breast Cancers are there? I'm also wondering if Inflammatory Breast Cancer is the worst one you can get?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 7 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Any type of breast cancer has the chances of containing aggressive cells. When diagnosed with breast cancer, there is the ability to look at individual cells and grade them for their aggressiveness. So many factors go into staging and grading breast cancer and then the treatment is...

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      Any type of breast cancer has the chances of containing aggressive cells. When diagnosed with breast cancer, there is the ability to look at individual cells and grade them for their aggressiveness. So many factors go into staging and grading breast cancer and then the treatment is individualized for the patient. Inflammatory breast cancer has the chances of being one of the more aggressive types but it is also one of the more rare diagnosed.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I just looked this up on several sites... around a 1-5% of breast cancers can be inflammatory or IBC.

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