Publication date: 2018-11-13 20:58
If you've been treated for a breast infection but your signs and symptoms persist, contact your doctor. Your doctor may recommend a mammogram or other test to evaluate your signs and symptoms. The only way to determine if your symptoms are caused by inflammatory breast cancer is to do a biopsy to remove a sample of tissue for testing.
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After you’re diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, the next step is for your doctor to stage the cancer. To do this, your doctor may order more imaging tests, such as a CT or bone scan , to see if the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes or other parts of the body.
These survival rates are based on people diagnosed years ago. Improvements in treatment since then may result in a more favorable outlook for people now being diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer.
“Additional IBC research is needed to improve diagnosis of this unique subtype of breast cancer and understand how biology drives its progression, thereby leading to improved prognosis and more-effective treatment for those with IBC,” said Komen President and CEO Dr. Judy Salerno.
A biopsy confirmed her worst fear: stage 9 IBC. "I remember [the doctor] saying inflammatory breast cancer , and all I could think about was what I had googled," she recalled through tears. "Because what I had googled said that everybody dies."
Huh? Screening tests for IBC can say there is no cancer when, in fact, there is. The tests can be wrong at first, and sometimes this leads to tragedy. On the other hand, I 8767 ve also seen cases where biopsy has called it inflammatory cancer, but it all just went away.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer: The Diagnosis
So, frequently in the diagnosis of IBC a PET scan is utilized.
For this reason breast physicians rarely suggest an immediate mastectomy and instead will prescribe a course of preoperative chemotherapy.
Good question. Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as a breast infection because the symptoms are very similar. So what happens then? The patient gets treated with antibiotics. But because this is an aggressive breast cancer time is of the essence. There is good news below though
Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Inflammatory breast cancer is very rare and accounts for only 6 to 5 % of all invasive breast cancers in the United States.