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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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  • kim sosa Profile

    What an emotional day I had my port put in and then my first round of chemo. I feel fine right now but they said it should hit me by day 3 but this port on my arm is really bothersome. Thinking POSITIVE

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 7 answers
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    • Karrie Cameron Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Stay Positive!! A positive attitude makes the world of difference. I finished my chemo last month. I found day 3 was when it hit. With the "FEC" it was nausea, but it only lasted a few days (3-4). With the Taxotere, I was out for a week or so with leg pain...still have some, but not bad. I...

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      Stay Positive!! A positive attitude makes the world of difference. I finished my chemo last month. I found day 3 was when it hit. With the "FEC" it was nausea, but it only lasted a few days (3-4). With the Taxotere, I was out for a week or so with leg pain...still have some, but not bad. I had started out with a picc line, but I was allergic to everything they used to cover it, so I asked for a port. Let us know how you make out with your treatments! Good luck!!!! <3

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Kim,

      When I went through chemo, I also had the port placed and my first treatment all in one day. I was physically and emotionally drained. You have had a lot done for one day, physically, and it is just a darn big deal. Be sure to stay hydrated. I had a bad time with the chemo because I...

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      Hi Kim,

      When I went through chemo, I also had the port placed and my first treatment all in one day. I was physically and emotionally drained. You have had a lot done for one day, physically, and it is just a darn big deal. Be sure to stay hydrated. I had a bad time with the chemo because I was highly sensitive to one of the additives in my "recipe" but not the chemo drugs themselves. If it hadn't been for that, I would have just been very tired. It all seemed to clear up in 5 days. Be sure to let the office know if you become very sick or start vomitting. Try to put good food into your body and be kind to yourself. This has been a tough day. Take care, gal, you will make it through the treatments. We are all here supporting you and wishing all the women going through treatment the very best! GROUP HUG TO EVERYBODY!!! Sharon

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  • Karen Milburn Profile

    Getting chemo first . Some people do surgery/radiation & then chemo &some do chemo b4 surgery. Is it better to get chemo first or surgery first? how is it decided?

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    Stage 2B Patient
    over 6 years 6 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      None of it is is better. It is just was is decided is best in your individual case. Leah is right. When chemo is done first it is the attempt to get the tumor to shrink before surgery is done. It all depends on the stage, size and grade of your tumor. Whatever the oncologist and surgeon...

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      None of it is is better. It is just was is decided is best in your individual case. Leah is right. When chemo is done first it is the attempt to get the tumor to shrink before surgery is done. It all depends on the stage, size and grade of your tumor. Whatever the oncologist and surgeon decide is always what is best for you. Take care, Sharon

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    • Leah Fortune Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      When you get chemo first they can see if the tumor shrinks. I don't know if one is better than the other. I removed mine then removed breast. I would of like to see chemo working, but I wanted the cancer out.

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  • Susan Fox Profile

    What are the permanent effects of chemotherapy? Friends and I have experienced lasting changes in body systems and functions.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2008

      Wow! I just feel like there are so many.
      1. Joint pain and stiffness
      2. Loss of libido
      3. 50 point increase in cholesterol
      4. Severe pain with intercourse.
      5. Sweats - not night sweats. I get hot and sweat more easily now.

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    • Mariah Mariah Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2008

      Thanks for sharing. I thought my doctor was just brushing me off when she told me it might be due to the chemo.

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  • Giselle dominguez  Profile

    My mommy starts chemo August 9 - I'm guessing this is the hard part that's coming but we are being strong for her .... Any advice?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 8 years 10 answers
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    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      - First of all, I know people care about us and they just want to be there, be helpful, and simpathyze with what we are going through. But, please, please, please, do not tell us you understand what we are feeling if you never had to go through cancer surgeries, treatments, etc. Believe me, YOU...

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      - First of all, I know people care about us and they just want to be there, be helpful, and simpathyze with what we are going through. But, please, please, please, do not tell us you understand what we are feeling if you never had to go through cancer surgeries, treatments, etc. Believe me, YOU DO NOT KNOW what we are feeling!

      - I respect all the religions, and I do not try to impose my believes on anyone. So, please, do not bring your religion to me. You can pray for me. And, please, do it! It means you care about me! And I would love to know you are doing it! But DO NOT tell me “God (does not matter which one!) does not give you more than you can handle” – so it means that if I can not handle this God is joking with me? And what about all the people who died from the same thing, it was God’s mistake? Ops, I am sorry, that is it???

      - We need friends around to help us and to keep us from feeling alone. But must be the kind of friend that will not feel bad if we do not walk them to the door, or we just fall sleep – it is good to take a nap knowing a good friend is watching over us! Loneliness is a huge bad monster after us when we are sick.

      - We need people who understand if we fall apart it is because this is freaking scary, painful, and our hormones are a big mess – we do not need anyone telling us things are going to be all right, because we know that! We just need a shoulder for a good cry!

      - Light movies! Does not matter if it is a comedy, drama, romance, action, they need to be light with happy endings – watch out not to get movies where somebody has cancer: WE DO NOT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ANY OTHER CANCER! THE CANCER WE HAVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, for us! Also they need to be light because we probably will fall sleep, or could not concentrate (chemo brain!).

      - Fun, light and entertaining books – but watch out, looks like taking our boobs out has a deep relation with our ability to concentrate in a long story (chemo brain again!)! Short story books are better.

      - Cute little gifts. Cute comfortable socks, soft blanket, a soft light (not heavy) pillow so we can hug to sleep – the position is pretty uncomfortable.

      - Our favorite smoothie, coffee, cake, sandwich, chocolate…. Treats! Treats! Treats! We do not need to eat healthy while in chemo, we just need to eat, what is really hard to do! So, if we ask you for junk food, give it to us!

      - Really important is not to hear from anyone: “your cancer”. It is NOT our cancer, it is NOT my cancer! We did not buy it. We did not chose it! We did not put it there! It is an ALIEN that invaded our body!

      - REALLY IMPORTANT: do not tell us about a tea, herbs, supplements, alternative medicine, graviola leaf tea, green tea

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    • Janice Baker Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      She will be very tired and very sensitive to any smells so please don't wear cologne or cook any thing with strong odors. That was the hardest for me was the odors. Praying for you and your family!

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