When diagnosed with cancer, you hope for a boring, run-of-the-mill, highly curable one. Yet many diagnoses pose both scientific mysteries for clinicians and personal terror for their patients.
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is one such devastating form of cancer. It develops fast in the lymphatic system (a vital part of the immune system), usually manifesting in the form of breast skin thickening and dimpling, red hot inflammation, and dramatic swelling. Typically there’s no discrete lump and no means of detection until these physical indicators of a Stage III (metastatic) or IV (terminal) diagnosis.