Monday, May 07, 2018 by Janine Acero
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and aggressive form of invasive breast carcinoma. It accounts for 0.5 to two percent of invasive breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S.
In IBC, the breast is enlarged, warm, tender, the skin is thickened, with a “peau d’orange” appearance (resembling an orange peel).
The condition may also show a flattening, reddening, crusting, blistering, or retraction of the nipple.
If IBC is suspected, one or more of the following imaging tests may be done:
IBC can change the appearance of the breasts. This change can occur suddenly. An early sign of IBC is the appearance of red, pink or purple patches on the breast. The discoloration may resemble a bruise, but breast redness is a classic symptom of IBC and must not be ignored.
Patients also describe a tender, firm or enlarged breast, or itching breast. The affected breast may appear noticeably larger than the other breast or feel heavy and hard. It is also typically warm and thickened, with the skin dimpling (peau d’orange), which is another hallmark symptom of IBC. The nipple also becomes flattened, reddened, and retracted, with crusting and blistering.
Some also report swollen lymph nodes or pain depending on the location and extent of the metastasis.
Early diagnosis is extremely important as the onset of symptoms typically occurs within several weeks to months.
IBC primarily affects the breasts, with secondary physical issues that may occur if left untreated, such as:
The following nutrients are vital for fighting off cancer:
Inflammatory breast cancer has a tendency to metastasize at an early stage. Chemo or radiation therapy to shrink the tumor, followed by surgery, are the primary treatments for IBC.
Help your body recover during cancer therapy with the following diet tips:
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and aggressive form of invasive breast carcinoma. It changes the appearance of the breasts to become enlarged, discolored, hard, with skin dimpling (resembling an orange peel).
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