Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)

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After performing a self-breast exam, Bonnie Brooks discovered a lump and immediately scheduled an appointment with her doctor. On September 11, 2008, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 metastatic breast cancer. With a difficult treatment regiment ahead, including chemotherapy, she realized that she could not face breast cancer alone.

Watch Bonnie's inspirational story and learn more about how she overcame breast cancer.

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After performing a self-breast exam, Bonnie Brooks discovered a lump and immediately scheduled an appointment with her doctor. On September 11, 2008, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 metastatic breast cancer. With a difficult treatment regiment ahead, including chemotherapy, she realized that she could not face breast cancer alone.

Watch Bonnie's inspirational story and learn more about how she overcame breast cancer.

What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)?

Inflammatory breast cancer is an an aggressive and fast growing breast cancer in which cancer cells infiltrate the skin and lymph vessels of the breast. It often produces no distinct tumor or lump that can be felt and isolated within the breast.  But when the lymph vessels become blocked by the breast cancer cells, symptoms begin to appear.

Breast may be red, swollen, and warm.

The skin may appear pitted like an orange peel.

Nipple changes such as inversion, flattening, and dimpling may occur.

How is Inflammatory Breast Cancer diagnosed and treated?

A diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer is classified as Stage 3 breast cancer and is diagnosed through your physician’s clinical judgment and a biopsy. Typically, IBC grows rapidly and requires aggressive treatment. Most oncologists recommend both local treatment of the affected breast and systemic treatment (whole body treatment), which may include chemotherapy.

Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hormone treatments may be included in the regimen. With aggressive treatment, the survival rate for inflammatory breast cancer patients has improved significantly in recent years.

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