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About Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Inflammatory breast cancer is an uncommon type of breast cancer in which cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast, causing the breast to become red, swollen, and warm. Generally, this type of breast cancer grows fast and the cancer cells often spread to other parts of the body.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Symptoms
With inflammatory breast cancer, cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast, causing the breast to become red, swollen, and warm. This type of breast cancer may also cause a discharge from the nipple, and the nipple may be pulled back. Another sign may be swollen lymph nodes under the arm or above the collarbone.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Treatments
Treatment for inflammatory breast cancer involves local treatment to remove or destroy the cancer in the breast and systemic treatment to stop the disease from spreading to other parts of the body. Two forms of treatment are local and systemic. Local treatment includes surgery and/or radiation therapy to the breast and underarm, while systemic treatment is chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy.