Inflammatory breast cancer
Other Names for this Disease
- Breast cancer, inflammatory
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lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.”  There may be no abnormality on amammogram beyond skin thickening, and a lump in the breast may not be felt. It is crucial to identify the warning signs and clinical symptoms of IBC because a prompt diagnosis and early management can signficantly improve the outcome. With the advent of multimodality treatments including primary systemic chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy, approximately one-third of individuals diagnosed with IBC will become long-term survivors. Like other types of breast cancer, IBC can occur in men, but usually at an older age than in women. Some studies have shown an association between family history of breast cancer and IBC, but more studies are needed to draw firm conclusions .Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but very aggressive type of breast cancer in which the cancer cells block the
Last updated: 5/8/2009
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