Inflammatory Breast Cancer
You hear quite a bit of news and information on the television about breast cancer, but most involve women finding a lump in their breasts or near their underarms. Inflammatory breast cancer is an advanced and accelerated form of breast cancer that is often not detected by mammograms. It is the most deadly of all breast cancers because by the time you realize you have it, you are usually in the later stages of breast cancer. It also can affect teenagers – an age group that normally does not have to worry much about breast cancer.
Inflammatory breast cancer is often not detected by mammograms because it does not create a lump. It grows as sheets rather than a lump, so there is no noticeable mass. It may be mistaken for mastitis, a breast infection. Because the symptoms are similar, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to treat mastitis. If that doesn't cure the symptoms within a week, he or she will probably want to perform a biopsy.
Symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include:
Some of these symptoms are also present in non-cancerous breast disorders, so if you experience any of them, do not panic, but do call your doctor for an exam as soon as possible.
Once inflammatory breast cancer is diagnosed, it must be aggressively treated because it is so accelerated. It is normal for the doctor to order chemotherapy before suggesting surgery or radiation. By treating the cancer with chemotherapy, it can shrink it to have a more successful surgery rate. After the chemotherapy, the doctor may suggest radiation therapy. Radiation therapy stops the cancer from growing. After initial treatment, patiens may receive additional treatments to reduce the risk of reoccurrence. Unfortunately, inflammatory breast cancer also has a higher rate of recurrence than other forms of breast cancer. However, as with all breast cancers, early detection and treatment can give a better hope of long-term survival.
One of the most important parts of inflammatory breast cancer care is support. Patients who can get in contact with other inflammatory breast cancer patients – either in person or online – can see that they are not alone and have someone they can talk to who can truly understand what they are going through. Many times the cancer and treatments cause psychological, social, and even spiritual problems that need to be treated with support. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or a member of their clergy can help by allowing them to talk about their feelings and fears.
|Barrier Methods of Contraception||Breast Cancer|
|Breast Cancer Ribbon||Breast Cancer Stages|
|Inflammatory Breast Cancer||Menopause|
|Natural Womens Health Products||Ovarian Cancer|
|Painful Periods or Dysmenorrhoea||Post Natal Depression|
|Pregnancy||Sexual Activity during and after Pregnancy|
|Smoking and Pregnancy||Stretch Marks in Pregnancy|
|Symptoms of Breast Cancer||Termination (Abortion)|
|The I.U.D. (or Intra Uterine Device)||The Pill (Oral Contraceptive Pill or OCP)|
|The Rhythm Method of Birth Control or
Natural Family Planning
|Tubal Ligation||Uterine Cancer|
|Vaginal Discharge||Womens Health and Fitness|
|Womens Health Care||Womens Health Issues|
|Womens Health Services||Womens Heart Health|
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