When it comes to breast cancer, there are two main types: breast cancer and inflammatory breast cancer. While both types of cancer can be deadly, they are different in a few key ways. Here’s a look at the main differences between these two types of cancer.
The first difference is in how the cancer cells look under a microscope. With breast cancer, the cancer cells tend to look abnormal. They may be larger than normal cells or have strange shapes. Inflammatory breast cancer cells, on the other hand, look relatively normal.
Another difference has to do with how cancerous cells grow. With breast cancer, the cancerous cells form into a lump that can be felt through self-exams or mammograms. With inflammatory breast cancer, the cancerous cells grow along the lymph vessels in the skin of the breasts. This growth causes the skin to appear red and inflamed, hence the name “inflammatory” breast cancer.
There are also differences in how these two types of cancers spread. Breast cancer typically spreads to the lymph nodes under the arm first and then to other parts of the body. Inflammatory breast cancer, on the other hand, tends to spread very quickly throughout the body.
Finally, there are differences in how these two types of cancers are treated. Breast cancer is typically treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy. Inflammatory breast cancer is also treated with surgery and radiation therapy but may require more aggressive treatment with higher doses of chemotherapy drugs.
While both types of breast cancer can be deadly, it’s important to know that there are some key differences between them. These differences include how thecancer cells look under a microscope, how thecancerous cells grow, how these cancers spread, and how they are treated. By understanding these differences, you can be better informed about your own risk factors and treatment options should you ever be diagnosed with either type of breast cancer.
What is the difference between breast cancer and inflammatory breast cancer? Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is considered an aggressive cancer because it grows quickly, is more likely to have spread at the time it’s found, and is more likely to come back after treatment than other types of breast cancer. The outlook is generally not as good as it is for other types of breast cancer.
What were your first signs of inflammatory breast cancer?
- Pain in the breast.
- Skin changes in the breast area.
- A bruise on the breast that doesn’t go away.
- Sudden swelling of the breast.
- Itching of the breast.
- Nipple changes or discharge.
- Swelling of the lymph nodes under the arm or in the neck.
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%.
What causes inflammatory breast cancer? It’s not clear what causes inflammatory breast cancer. Doctors know that inflammatory breast cancer begins when a breast cell develops changes in its DNA. Most often the cell is located in one of the tubes (ducts) that carry breast milk to the nipple.