Inflammatory Breast Cancer (cont.)

How is Inflammatory Breast Cancer Diagnosed?

Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as another medical condition. It's important to pursue a breast or skin biopsy if treatment for another breast condition like an infection doesn't work.

How Is Inflammatory Breast Cancer Treated?

Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive cancer that can spread quickly. Treatment options include:

  • Surgery. Surgery involving a mastectomy may be performed after chemotherapy.
  • Chemotherapy. This is given before surgery to shrink the tumor and make the cancer operable. Chemotherapy also decreases the chance the cancer will recur.
  • Radiation. Often radiation is given after chemotherapy and surgery to reduce recurrence.

WebMD Medical Reference


National Cancer Institute: "Inflammatory Breast Cancer."

Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on May 09, 2012

Last Editorial Review: 5/9/2012

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