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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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    I am so discouraged to discover that over 65% of women undergoing treatment for breast cancer gain weight!   Any advice?  Thanks!

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2012
    over 7 years 4 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Deb, yes a lot of women gain weight during treatment due to many things. Steroids given during chemo is one. But some women lose weight because they're too nauseous to eat. I gained weight during chemo (about 15 lbs). My dr said its much better to gain than lose weight during this time. The...

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      Hi Deb, yes a lot of women gain weight during treatment due to many things. Steroids given during chemo is one. But some women lose weight because they're too nauseous to eat. I gained weight during chemo (about 15 lbs). My dr said its much better to gain than lose weight during this time. The steroids make you feel better and help protect you against an allergic reaction. I am beginning to slowly exercise to get rid of the weight I gained. I'm being kind to my body though. I feel as if I've been in a marathon. :)

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      When I was going through chemotherapy, I stayed the same weight... didn't lose, didn't gain. I didn't receive steroids as I had a horrendous reaction to them. Just to share the experience, I became extremely depressed and suicidal from just one dose.
      Since I have been on the 5 year hormone...

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      When I was going through chemotherapy, I stayed the same weight... didn't lose, didn't gain. I didn't receive steroids as I had a horrendous reaction to them. Just to share the experience, I became extremely depressed and suicidal from just one dose.
      Since I have been on the 5 year hormone therapy, Femara, I have gained weight, plus higher cholesterol, and osteoporosis. It is what it is. There are trade-off's and you deal with them as best you can.

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    Is a hardness in the breast tissue normal during radiation?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 3 answers
    • Gizelle D'Orsey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      My radiologist said it was. I too have a hardening in the area of radiation.

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    • Sherry Downing Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes. I am six years past radiation and I am still hardened and numb in areas. The radiation does a lot of damage (at least in my case) but the alternative made it worth it. Hmmmm...a tumor or hardness. You can guess what I decided to do!

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  • blair greiner Profile

    My new rads onco mentioned that the rads could prevent reconstructive surgery. This may put me over the edge. Is this rare? How rare???

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 7 years 11 answers
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      Hi Blair, radiation won't exclude you from having reconstruction. But it could limit your choice of procedures. I had 33 radiation treatments. Radiation tends to tighten your skin but there are still procedures that can be performed. I am having the DIEP flap procedure. There's also the Latisumus...

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      Hi Blair, radiation won't exclude you from having reconstruction. But it could limit your choice of procedures. I had 33 radiation treatments. Radiation tends to tighten your skin but there are still procedures that can be performed. I am having the DIEP flap procedure. There's also the Latisumus Dorsi, and one new one I read about that involves fat transplant. I recommend consulting with at least 3 good plastic surgeons. Like Jan & Mary mentioned. You still have options!! Best wishes & hugs,

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    • janet levy Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since

      When I first went to see my plastic surgeon we did not know if I would need radiation. He told me my skin was thin and radiation might ruin the skin for reconstruction. He told me not to worry because he could take skin graphs from my back and continue with reconstruction. Fortunate

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