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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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  • Amy Wells Profile

    I have stage 1 breast cancer and will get lumpectomy next week. What can I expect for recovery? What about radiation--expectations? Side effects ?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 8 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I found using a bag of frozen corn niblets was really soothing. Not much pain, I used Motrin when I was allowed too. You' ll favor using opposite hand , arm for anything that requires weight or strength til you get the strength back, about 2-3 weeks for me. My breast was swollen for 2-3 wks,...

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      I found using a bag of frozen corn niblets was really soothing. Not much pain, I used Motrin when I was allowed too. You' ll favor using opposite hand , arm for anything that requires weight or strength til you get the strength back, about 2-3 weeks for me. My breast was swollen for 2-3 wks, then after swelling went away I noticed a dimpling in the breast. Good luck!

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    • Lou Cam Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      The lymph node area was more painful than the cancer incision. I used frozen peas on this area and it really helped. My experience was different because I also had implant exchange in both breasts, with drains, as well as the node biopsy, and the partial mastectomy. Probably because of this, I...

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      The lymph node area was more painful than the cancer incision. I used frozen peas on this area and it really helped. My experience was different because I also had implant exchange in both breasts, with drains, as well as the node biopsy, and the partial mastectomy. Probably because of this, I was on pain pills for about 3 days. I got a Fruit of the Loom bra that opened in the front at Walmart, in a little larger size. This was comfortable after surgery . I used aloe and Aquaphor during radiation, which fortunately helped my skin. I did have fatigue near the end of radiation which took a while to subside.

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    How long does it take after chemo for hair to begin growing back while on Tamoxifin?

    Asked by anonymous

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

      My hair began growing back about one week before my last Tamoxifen treatment. It started out as white fuzz...almost like down. Then it began looking more like hair. I ended up having to have more chemo with two new drugs but fortunately I didn't lose what little hair I had started to grow back. ...

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      My hair began growing back about one week before my last Tamoxifen treatment. It started out as white fuzz...almost like down. Then it began looking more like hair. I ended up having to have more chemo with two new drugs but fortunately I didn't lose what little hair I had started to grow back. :). Now my hair is really thick and growing well. Hopefully you'll have fast growth as well!!! :)

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    • dorothy harder Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Just like Diane, mine tried to push through but eye brows and lashes did better when off of tamoxifen.

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  • Karen G Profile

    I'm feeling anxious about Thursday's first chemo treatment. Any advice or hope?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    over 7 years 14 answers
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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      My last chemo was about 1 1/2

      3 comments
    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      The unknown is probably the scariest part. The oncology nurses should explain everything step by step. Be sure to be hydrated. Most places have juices, crackers, tea etc available. Try to think of it as a step towards killing your cancer. I know everyone reacts differently, I had a rough time,...

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      The unknown is probably the scariest part. The oncology nurses should explain everything step by step. Be sure to be hydrated. Most places have juices, crackers, tea etc available. Try to think of it as a step towards killing your cancer. I know everyone reacts differently, I had a rough time, but many others do fine. Good luck, keep us posted.

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  • Kelly Schackman Profile

    I will require a right total mastectomy. What have women chosen for reconstruction options? (I am 52yrs old) What did you wish you had known before hand that might have affected your decisions?Are you satisfied with the results of your choice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 10 answers
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    • Karen G Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      I also had DIEP Flap. Tough surgery but great results.

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    • Kimberley Duke Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      I wish I had known that there are several different options but not all options can be done by your specific plastic surgeon. I had originally had the mastectomy with a tissue expander in hopes to have an implant. My skin did not heal right and I ended up having to take out the expander and let...

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      I wish I had known that there are several different options but not all options can be done by your specific plastic surgeon. I had originally had the mastectomy with a tissue expander in hopes to have an implant. My skin did not heal right and I ended up having to take out the expander and let the skin heal. I then later heard of using your own skin and fat from your belly to reconstruct the breast. I had a DIEP flap done a year after my original surgery. I was so much happier with the results of the second surgery that I wish I had known about it sooner, as I would have opted to have the DIEP flap rather that to have an implant from the start.

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