Inflammatory breast carcinoma

Surg Oncol. 1995;4(5):245-54. doi: 10.1016/s0960-7404(10)80003-9.


Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare subtype of breast cancer traditionally associated with an extremely poor prognosis. The appearance of the effected breast can be misleading, with the incorrect diagnosis of an infective process, rather than a malignant disease, further delaying treatment. Compared with the results achieved by monotherapy with either surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy; multimodality treatments have achieved significant improvements in both disease-free and overall survival. The purpose of this article is to provide a comprehensive review of the current literature and highlight those areas where potential advances in the overall management of IBC have been made.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / diagnosis
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology*
  • Adenocarcinoma / therapy
  • Breast Diseases / microbiology
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mastitis / microbiology
  • Prognosis
  • Survival Rate