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Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is rare – and it can be fast growing and dangerous.

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is rare – and it can be fast growing and dangerous.

Naoto T. Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., leads MD Anderson’s Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program, the first and most-active program in the nation dedicated to the rare disease.

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IBC represents only 2% to 4% of all breast cancer cases in the United States, but due to its aggressive nature, it represents 10% of U.S. breast cancer deaths. Early and accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment by experts who specialize in IBC can make an important difference.

At MD Anderson, we established the world's first inflammatory breast cancer clinic especially to treat women with IBC – both those who have been treated before and those who are newly diagnosed. We see some 100 cases of inflammatory breast cancer each year, more than any other center in the world.

Our experts are highly skilled in diagnosing inflammatory breast cancer. Doctors from many disciplines work in teams to customize your treatment, and they use the most-advanced techniques and technology.

Research Gives New Hope

We're still learning about inflammatory breast cancer. Many recent studies show the best treatment often is based on each cancer's specific genetic and biological makeup.

MD Anderson has played a key role in development of many targeted and biological treatments to improve the survival of IBC patients. In fact, this is one of the few places with the depth of experience and expertise to approach inflammatory breast cancer treatment this way.

In addition to treatment, the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Clinic works to:

  • Gain a better understanding of what causes IBC
  • Develop a blood test to diagnose IBC
  • Establish imaging guidelines
  • Develop novel radiation therapy techniques

Already, our experts have found that combining computed tomography (CT) with positron emission tomography (PET) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can more quickly and accurately find where inflammatory breast cancer has spread.

Treatment at MD Anderson

Inflammatory breast cancer is treated in a special IBC Clinic at our Nellie B. Connally Breast Center.


Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about inflammatory breast cancer, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.

Inflammatory breast cancer facts

Did You Know?

Our Mobile Mammography Program allows us to provide early breast cancer detection services to women all over the greater Houston area, 713-745-4000.


Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

 Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms


Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer.

Inflammatory breast cancer diagnosis 


Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select a treatment plan based on your diagnosis and disease stage.

Inflammatory breast cancer treatment

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials offering promising new treatments that cannot be
found anywhere else.

Knowledge Center

Find the latest news and information about inflammatory breast cancer in our Knowledge Center, including blog posts, articles, videos, news releases and more.


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Prevention & Screening

Many cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes and regular screening.


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