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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.
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.
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BY JoAnn Hill
March 17, 2016
Before 2011, a typical six-month time span didn’t involve many life-altering situations or events for me. But that all changed when I hit what I now call my six-month hiatus.
The first part was bliss. I spent it celebrating the joys of a new husband, whom I married on June 18, 2011. We moved in together, blended our families and shared the news that we were pregnant. We relished and soaked up the unrelenting highs.