[Histonet] Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)
Inflammatory carcinoma is a clinical diagnosis: The patient presents with
what looks like cellulitis of the skin of the breast - the area that looks
inflammatory is deep red and very well demarcated, just like bacterial cellulitis.
The redness is the result of invasion of lymphatics in the dermis by an
underlying breast cancer. Just seeing dermal lymphatic invasion microscopically
isn't enough - the clinical presentation is required to make the diagnosis.
Inflammatory carcinoma has an extremely bad prognosis. Until just a few years
ago, all patients presenting with inflammatory carcinoma died of cancer very
rapidly. I think that now a few patients survive it, but I don't have any
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