Lessons learned from an unusual case of inflammatory breast cancer.

Authors:
Dr Andrew M Harrison, MD, PhD
Dr Andrew M Harrison, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Postdoctoral researcher
Clinical Informatics
Rochester, MN | United States
Benjamin Zendejas
Benjamin Zendejas
College of Medicine
United States
Shahzad M Ali
Shahzad M Ali
Mayo Clinic
United States
Jeffrey S Scow
Jeffrey S Scow
Mayo Clinic
David R Farley
David R Farley
Mayo Clinic
United States

J Surg Educ 2012 May-Jun;69(3):350-4

Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA.

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare breast malignancy that is associated with poor long-term outcomes despite aggressive surgical and chemotherapeutic interventions. We recently treated a 56-year-old woman with right-sided IBC and biopsy-proven cutaneous metastases to her back and left breast. She underwent chemotherapy, bilateral modified radical mastectomy, and radiation therapy. One year after diagnosis, she is currently disease-free based on positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging and repeat skin biopsies. To provide insight into the management of IBC, we present this interesting case with a reflection on important lessons to be learned.

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