Cancer Care

Inflammatory breast cancer care tailored to you

Accounting for about 1 percent of breast cancers in the U.S., inflammatory breast cancer is rare. It’s known for being aggressive and progressing rapidly – starting in the milk ducts and spreading in a matter of weeks or months. Inflammatory breast cancer is usually in an advanced stage at the time of diagnosis because it has already spread to the breast skin. The term “inflammatory” reflects the skin involvement.

Inflammatory breast cancer tends to develop at an earlier age than more common forms. Overweight, obese and African-American women have a higher risk of developing it.

Our board certified, fellowship trained specialists at Goshen Center for Cancer Care are experienced in treating complex, rare cancers. We can provide the personalized, leading-edge treatment you need for inflammatory breast cancer in Goshen and Warsaw, IN. Request an appointment with our team or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to talk with our oncology information specialists.

Signs of inflammatory breast cancer

Symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer are different than more common forms. There typically isn’t a lump, but that’s not always the case. Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms develop quickly and include:

  • Increased breast size or firmness
  • Inverted nipple
  • Redness
  • Sensation of heaviness, tenderness, itching, warmth or burning in the breast
  • Skin changes resembling an orange peel
  • Skin discoloration or thickening
  • Swelling

Talk to your doctor if you notice these symptoms, especially if you have a breast infection. The best way to catch breast cancer early is to have to annual mammograms. Schedule yours at the Goshen Retreat Women’s Health Center by calling (574) 364-4600.

Diagnosis and treatment

Your doctor will take a tissue sample, or biopsy, to determine if cancer is present. You may need additional testing, such as a CT scan, to diagnose the type and extent of the cancer.

Inflammatory cancer treatment depends on whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Treatment options include:

Your preferences and quality of life are important factors when deciding the right treatment. Our team at Goshen Center for Cancer Care provides a variety of supportive services and resources as you go through treatment, including naturopathic medicine. That’s because we care for your complete well-being.

For a second opinion and comprehensive, integrated cancer care all in one location, call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) .

Serving Fort Wayne, Sound Bend and surrounding areas, Goshen Center for Cancer Care treats rare cancers, including inflammatory breast cancer, in Goshen and Warsaw, IN.