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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for October 28, 2010-Awareness Spreads Knowledge (Vol.5. Iss.3)/10/25/12

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Association

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Association (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is still relevant enough to send this blog out again and share information on Breast Cancer Awareness
For over 25 years the month of October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month. During the 31 days of October emphasis is focused on the importance of education, empowerment, and encouragement for breast health. The color pink and banded ribbons are the symbols of Breast Cancer awareness and are seen everywhere. Breast Cancer is a disease that does not discriminate by race, sex, national origin, living conditions, or income levels. The disease of Breast Cancer makes its presence known in the manner of solely invading the breast and surrounding tissue or spreading from the breast to other parts of the body. The preventative and prescriptive use of mammograms  and sonagrams as methods of detection of Breast Cancer have been a saving grace for countless women. Breast Cancer is a disease of many types and stages, there is not a one-size-fits all formula.
One type of Breast Cancer that has been deemed the “silent killer” is Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). IBC is a rare type of Breast Cancer but its potential consequences deems it worthy of no longer remaining silent in order to save lives. Please read the information contained below on IBC and share it with others.
Inflammatory breast cancer and common treatments (Source: NCI)Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare but very aggressive type of breast cancer in which the cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” IBC accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States.Symptoms
Inflammatory breast cancer often does not include a distinct lump in the breast, so it is important to be aware of the symptoms, which may include:

  • Skin of the breast appearing red, pink, reddish purple, or bruised
  • Skin having ridges or appearing pitted, like the skin of an orange (called peau d’orange)
  • Swelling, warmth, heaviness, burning, aching and/or tenderness
  • Increase in breast size
  • A nipple that is inverted (facing inward)

These symptoms usually develop quickly, over a period of weeks or months. Swollen lymph nodes may also be present under the arm, above the collarbone, or in both places. However, it is important to note that these symptoms may also be signs of other conditions such as infection, injury, or other types of cancer.

Diagnosis of IBC is based primarily on the results of a doctor’s clinical examination. Biopsy, mammogram, and breast ultrasound are used to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment consisting of chemotherapy, targeted therapy, surgery, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy is used to treat IBC:

  • Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy (anticancer drugs) is generally the first treatment for patients with IBC, and is called neoadjuvant therapy. The purpose of chemotherapy is to control or kill cancer cells, including those that may have spread to other parts of the body.
  • Surgery and Radiation Therapy – After chemotherapy, patients with IBC may undergo surgery and radiation therapy to the chest wall. Both radiation and surgery are local treatments that affect only cells in the tumor and the immediately surrounding area. The purpose of surgery is to remove the tumor from the body, while the purpose of radiation therapy is to destroy remaining cancer cells. Surgery to remove the breast (or as much of the breast tissue as possible) is called a mastectomy. Lymph node dissection (removal of the lymph nodes in the underarm area for examination under a microscope) is also done during this surgery.
  • Additional Treatments: Chemotherapy, Hormonal Therapy, Targeted Therapy – After initial systemic and local treatment, patients with IBC may receive additional systemic treatments to reduce the risk of recurrence (cancer coming back). Such treatments may include additional chemotherapy, hormonal therapy (treatment that interferes with the effects of the female hormone estrogen, which can promote the growth of breast cancer cells), targeted therapy (such as trastuzumab, also known as Herceptin®), or all three. Trastuzumab is administered to patients whose tumors overexpress the HER-2 tumor protein.

Patients may also receive supportive care to help manage the side effects of the cancer and its treatment.

For further information:
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research organization

Breast Cancer Awareness month helps spread the word to all who will listen about this disease. No one is exempt from being touched by Breast Cancer either personally or by a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker. This is a fight everyone has an opportunity to participate in and help educate and save the lives of others.


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