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Methods of treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

Methods of treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

At the dawn of Oncology, inflammatory breast cancer treated only by surgery. At the same death rates by up to 100%. However, modern oncology has leaped forward, using a combination of these and other treatments, like radiation therapy and chemotherapy. It is possible to considerably improve the prognosis of survival of women with inflammatory breast cancer. If you had one hundred percent mortality was, now five-year survival observed in more than half of the patients, and ten - one-third of them.


Treatment of inflammatory breast cancer usually begins with several sessions of chemotherapy. Why does not immediately apply operative treatment? The fact that this form of cancer observed compaction, thickening of the skin of the breast. In addition, iron is very swollen. All this complicates surgery, as well as fraught with the deterioration of wound healing after surgery.

After chemotherapy, some cancer cells die, resulting in the skin of the breast becomes more or less normal. Chemotherapy, if necessary combined with hormonal therapy. All this eventually leads to a decrease in tumor size, resulting in the effect of surgical treatment is much higher. After the operation is conducted as a course of chemotherapy to completely destroy the remaining cancer cells possible.

Surgical treatment of

After a course of chemotherapy (the so-called neoadjuvant therapy) is usually performed surgery. Basically - a mastectomy. Note that the operation without preceding neoadjuvant therapy is fraught with poor results.

In addition, the inflammatory rake is usually not carried out organ operations, such as lumpectomy. Since this form of breast cancer is often associated with damage to axillary lymph nodes with cancer, the doctor carefully examines their condition, and when indicated, they are removed (lymphadenectomy surgery).

Radiation therapy

The use of radiotherapy after surgery, along with chemotherapy, significantly helps reduce the risk of tumor recurrence. In addition, radiation therapy can also be applied to surgical intervention.

However, even after using the whole arsenal of treatments for cancer (chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery), the risk of recurrence with this form of cancer is quite high. Therefore, your doctor may recommend further treatment of the patient - the so-called adjuvant therapy. To do this, use chemotherapy (in the case before the surgery, it was effective), or hormonal treatment (if this treatment is acceptable in your situation).

After the surgery can be performed reconstructive surgery aimed at restoring breast shape, but this kind of treatment can be successful, not all women.

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