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

    I am freaking out...going to 1st reconstruction surgeon appoint 2morrow before needed right breast mastectomy. I know a bit, but what else should I ask??? Thank you in advance.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    almost 7 years 8 answers
    • View all 8 answers
    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It's normal to have to have anxiety about the process. I had a left breast mastectomy when I was 45 so I had a lift done on my right to help match them better. It's not perfect, but I am satisfied with the results.My insurance paid for it. I chose a tissue expander and saline implant so I didn't...

      more

      It's normal to have to have anxiety about the process. I had a left breast mastectomy when I was 45 so I had a lift done on my right to help match them better. It's not perfect, but I am satisfied with the results.My insurance paid for it. I chose a tissue expander and saline implant so I didn't have to have an incision from hip to hip, However, the downfall is it is a lot of visits to the dr, for fills and extra surgery for the exchange. My PS told me the process is a marathon, not a sprint... Best wishes to you as you make a decision that is best for YOU! Keep the questions coming. We care about you. We are all in this together!

      Comment
    • Thumb avatar default
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have sent this to you privately. The visit to the plastic surgeon can be very valuable and is easy compared to having a mammogram and being told there has "been a change".

      You said you are having one breast removed. There are some real advantages of having both breasts removed at the same...

      more

      I have sent this to you privately. The visit to the plastic surgeon can be very valuable and is easy compared to having a mammogram and being told there has "been a change".

      You said you are having one breast removed. There are some real advantages of having both breasts removed at the same time.
      1. Breast are more likely to be even after reconstruction.
      2. No more mammograms or anxiety that goes with them.
      3. You only go through the process once, not twice.

      Although the mammogram picked up DCIS in my left breast, which was the reason for the surgery, the pathology report showed the same cells in the right (healthy) breast. I would have eventually had to go through this process all over again.

      I have a sister who had stage 3 ductal carcinoma and had to go through horrific chemotherapy. She had the diseased breast removed and deeply regrets not having the other breast removed at the same time.

      This is a personal decision but wieigh your options carefully.

      Comment
  • Thumb avatar default

    Has anyone here had oncoplasty? I went for a 2nd opinion regarding Mastectomy and was offered this option pending results of PET scan & BRCA test.

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 2 answers
    • Christina Archambault Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I had the BRCA test

      Comment
    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      That is a big decision with many factors to be considered! For me, waiting for the results of the BRACA test was the worst as it was really a game changer for me if positive! It was negative thankfully. Let us know how it turns out and what you decide!

      Comment
  • deb kern Profile

    I finished the double dose of radiation 3 weeks ago.it went well. I did not burn however I am very tired and have leg cramps ! Has anyone else had this?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Deb. I just finished 1 1/2 weeks of radiation. I still have 6 weeks to go. I know fatigue is one of the side effects but I'm not sure about the leg cramps. Anyone else?

      Comment
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Radiation made me very tired. As far as leg cramps, I did not have those. I would call my doctor and make him/her aware of this.

      Comment
  • Alglen Thelex Garay Profile

    Is it okay to take food supplements (like barley capsules) to boost your immune system before and after chemo?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 7 years 5 answers
    • View all 5 answers
    • Erin Timlin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I asked my oncologist about lots of herbal and alternative supplements and he continuously advised against it. While at first I couldn't figure out why, I finally realized that all the stuff we read on the internet regarding immunity boosts and the like are not supported well enough by data,...

      more

      I asked my oncologist about lots of herbal and alternative supplements and he continuously advised against it. While at first I couldn't figure out why, I finally realized that all the stuff we read on the internet regarding immunity boosts and the like are not supported well enough by data, which doctors rely on. Therefore, if they don't know IF it could/will interfere with your chemo then they will definitely tell you to lay off. I finally understood their position and stopped asking. Good luck!

      1 comment
    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My cancer agency had a pharmacist that could look up any issues. She was even more helpful than the oncologist and gave me options for what i could take safely and at what dose. Antioxidants and immune boosters seemed to be no-go as the purpose of chemo and radiation IS oxidation. Eating whole...

      more

      My cancer agency had a pharmacist that could look up any issues. She was even more helpful than the oncologist and gave me options for what i could take safely and at what dose. Antioxidants and immune boosters seemed to be no-go as the purpose of chemo and radiation IS oxidation. Eating whole foods healthfully was the best advice I got.

      1 comment

Educational Video

Personal Story

Related Topics

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

Footer 3

Breast cancer affects one out of every eight women in their lifetime.

spread the word