Red Flags for Breast Cancer IV

  • Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive type of breast cancer that requires urgent workup and treatment
  • Detection by mammography is limited due to low sensitivity; hence, diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer is based on clinical factors and defined as a rapid onset of breast erythema, edema and/or peau d’orange, and/or warm breast, with or without an underlying palpable mass
  • Immediate referral to medical and surgical oncologists is essential when inflammatory breast cancer is suspected
  • Because it is not uncommon for women with inflammatory breast cancer to have metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis, inflammatory breast cancer should be staged with full-body imaging, such as PET-CT or CT of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis, plus a bone scan
  • When the presence of metastatic disease is ruled out, inflammatory breast cancer is treated with chemotherapy upfront (ie, neoadjuvant), before surgery
  • Axillary adenopathy may or may not be present
  • Crusting and retraction of nipples may or may not occur
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