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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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  • maria zamora Profile

    Is there any chance that my cancer could come back? I was diagnosed with invasive ductul carcinoma about a year ago. I am done with chemo and radiation but I am still scared and concerned.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Maria, I think that dark thought is always lurking because there are no guarantee's. My doctor and his associate said something to me that was comforting.... They said, "Go live your life and let us worry about your health." I just follow what they suggest, try to eat well, take care of myself,...

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      Maria, I think that dark thought is always lurking because there are no guarantee's. My doctor and his associate said something to me that was comforting.... They said, "Go live your life and let us worry about your health." I just follow what they suggest, try to eat well, take care of myself, get my check-ups, and enjoy the heck out of each day of my life. Do I still worry.....(?) of course, but there really isn't anything I can do other than live life. Do you think you are having some depression? Have you talked to your doctor about your concerns? Maybe you should make an appointment or at your next appointment, tell you doctor about your fears. There are women here who have had reoccurances but are getting treatments.
      I completely understand as do lots of women here on this board. Hopefully, the further you get away from the trauma of your treatment, your fears will ease. You have been through a very tough treatment.... as I always say... "Chemo, ain't for wimps!" U hope you gradually start to feel better... but if these fears start taking over, please get in to see your doctor. Big healing hugs and take care, Sharon

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    • Sandy MacDonald Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Don't let fear over something that may not happen interfere with living your life. Enjoy each day to the fullest!

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  • Patricia  Armendariz-Tallon Profile

    Does anyone else feel like it is never ending? Having trouble emotionally/physically after chemo and many surgeries.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2010
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I do at times. Although now two years after my mastectomy, I am very grateful to be here. I had a lot of

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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      It seems like after I received the initial news of cancer my whole world changed. Yes it seems like it just keeps coming. Very overwhelming at times that's for sure. I see it this way, life is constant change, nothing stays the same. We will get through this a step at a time. One day, one moment...

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      It seems like after I received the initial news of cancer my whole world changed. Yes it seems like it just keeps coming. Very overwhelming at times that's for sure. I see it this way, life is constant change, nothing stays the same. We will get through this a step at a time. One day, one moment at a time.

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    What is the life span of someone with Stage 4?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 4 answers
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    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      It is difficult to tell with any stage of breast cancer. Some women with stage IV breast cancer live many, many years and others lose the fight too soon. The power of prayer and good physicians and treatment can help extend the life span. I do know that most times when cancer is detected...

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      It is difficult to tell with any stage of breast cancer. Some women with stage IV breast cancer live many, many years and others lose the fight too soon. The power of prayer and good physicians and treatment can help extend the life span. I do know that most times when cancer is detected early, the survival rate is dramatically increased.

      But I know of women with Stage IV breast cancer that have lived years after a diagnosis. I even read about a woman who had lived 17+ years. So, sorry about the ambiguous answer, but there is no set life span. It varies depending on the type of breast cancer and if/where it has spread.

      It's best to keep hope alive!

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    • Lokomaikai Liz-t Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It really depends on where it has metastasized and the type of breast cancer you have - hormone receptors, etc. I was diagnosed with Stage IV, which had spread to my lungs, liver and bones - six years ago. Maintaining a positive attitude and staying spiritually strong in addition to having a...

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      It really depends on where it has metastasized and the type of breast cancer you have - hormone receptors, etc. I was diagnosed with Stage IV, which had spread to my lungs, liver and bones - six years ago. Maintaining a positive attitude and staying spiritually strong in addition to having a great support system and a good oncologist has helped me persevere.

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  • Cathy Hippe Profile

    Does breast cancer hurt?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years 8 answers
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    • Gail Horton Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I did have pain with mine that was localized in my nipple for several months but my tumor was located in my ducts and could not be felt by physical exam. It was detected by a mammogram. If you are having pain that last through several menstral cycles, please have it checked out by your doctor and...

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      I did have pain with mine that was localized in my nipple for several months but my tumor was located in my ducts and could not be felt by physical exam. It was detected by a mammogram. If you are having pain that last through several menstral cycles, please have it checked out by your doctor and a mammogram as soon as possible.

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    • Myles Digby Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Most often breast cancer is painless, unless the tumor involves the skin or the chest wall. Any lump that is new, painless or not, should be brought to your doctors attention.

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