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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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    diagnosed w/ breast cancer after a wire biopsy. cancers-estrogen & progestrogen dependent & Her2 .have general surgeon who does breast prob.. Recommend mastectomy on left. ? when do I see oncologyist?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 7 years 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I too didn't see the onc until after I healed, but my records were forwarded to him and he had my DX test ordered and the results waiting at my first visit. It was at that time that my treatment was decided on.

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    • Kathy Basham Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      My experience was the same; about a month after surgery.

      Comment
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    Does "ones" libdo ever come back after Breast Cancer and Ovaries removed?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 7 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      The cancer diagnosis, surgeries, chemo, and radiation ravage intimacy, but you will recover that gift. Be patient with yourself and allow time to heal both body and mind. I want lie to you, you have to work at it but that is true of all relationships in good times and bad. Breastcancer.org has a...

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      The cancer diagnosis, surgeries, chemo, and radiation ravage intimacy, but you will recover that gift. Be patient with yourself and allow time to heal both body and mind. I want lie to you, you have to work at it but that is true of all relationships in good times and bad. Breastcancer.org has a great link on sex and intimacy. Stay in touch, don't despair, and treat yourself kindly. Cyber hugs to you. :-)

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      After reading Sharon & Jo's reply, I guess I am very fortunate. During chemo I was very dry, irritated & tired, but my husband & I still had sex. Now, 4 months post chemo (on herceptin & tomoxifin) He does always initiate but I always reciprocate. We had a very strong sex life before cancer - we...

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      After reading Sharon & Jo's reply, I guess I am very fortunate. During chemo I was very dry, irritated & tired, but my husband & I still had sex. Now, 4 months post chemo (on herceptin & tomoxifin) He does always initiate but I always reciprocate. We had a very strong sex life before cancer - we had only been married 6 months - & knowing he still wants me & thinks I'm sexy is a turn on for me. He's really good taking the care I need - if I need more 'attention' to get in 'the mood' & the use of lotions. Being open with each other has helped. I hope things work out for you. Prayers to you.

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  • Teresa Johnson Profile

    One week after my last rad treatment-skin has now turned bright red, peeling, and super painful. Dr said this is common. How soon to start healing and excrutiating pain to go away?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 7 answers
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    • Lisa S Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Are you treating that site? If not find a good cream (I swore by Aquafor) and keep it moist. Another idea is if your resting soak a soft cloth w cool not cold water and place it on the area. It worked for me. I wish u luck. Sending you some cyber hugs.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I used a product from The Honest Company called Healing Balm. It's 100% organic and I used it when my skin reacted like yours. I also had a problem toward the end of treatment. It hurt like a B*%$# in my armpit area! Wooheee!! But it did resolve quickly especially after using that and the...

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      I used a product from The Honest Company called Healing Balm. It's 100% organic and I used it when my skin reacted like yours. I also had a problem toward the end of treatment. It hurt like a B*%$# in my armpit area! Wooheee!! But it did resolve quickly especially after using that and the prescription burn cream they gave me.

      Comment
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    how much time is there usually between finishing chemo and starting radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 3A Patient
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • anonymous Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      I think they usually give you a month to rest.

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    • cindy stephenson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had 3 weeks between chemo n starting rads

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