Can inflammatory breast cancer be treated? Inflammatory breast cancer is considered a locally-advanced breast cancer and is typically treated with several types of treatment, including chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, HER2 targeted therapy, and/or hormone therapy, as appropriate. Inflammatory breast cancer treatment usually starts with chemotherapy.
Can you survive inflammatory breast cancer? The 5-year survival rate for people with inflammatory breast cancer is 41%. However, survival rates vary depending on the stage, tumor grade, certain features of the cancer, and the treatment given. If the cancer has spread to the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 56%.
How long is the treatment for inflammatory breast cancer? Radiation is usually given 5 days a week for 6 weeks, but in some cases a more intense treatment (twice a day) can be used instead. Depending on how much tumor was found in the breast after surgery, radiation might be delayed until further chemo and/or targeted therapy (such as trastuzumab) is given.
How long is chemo for inflammatory breast cancer? Usually, an entire course of chemotherapy takes three to six months to complete, and may be repeated if necessary. At Moffitt Cancer Center, the multispecialty team of experts in our Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program takes a multimodal approach to inflammatory breast cancer treatment.