Inflammatory breast cancer recurrence can happen at any time, from months to years after the initial diagnosis and treatment. Recurrence can be local (within a treated breast or near a mastectomy scar), regional (within the lymph nodes or collar bone area on the same side as the affected breast) or distant (somewhere else within the body).
Inflammatory breast cancer progresses rapidly, often in a matter of weeks or months. At diagnosis, inflammatory breast cancer is either stage III or IV disease, depending on whether cancer cells have spread only to nearby lymph nodes or to other tissues as well. Additional features of inflammatory breast cancer include the following.
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) that has not spread outside the breast or nearby lymph nodes is stage IIIB or IIIC. In most cases, treatment is chemotherapy to try to shrink the tumor, followed by surgery to remove the cancer. Radiation is given after surgery, and, in some cases, more treatment may be given after radiation. Last Revised: August 18,
Since the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer and a breast infection can overlap, your doctor may want you to get a mammogram. This can give your doctor a better idea of what’s going on Author: Stephanie Booth.