When I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) in 1998, IBC was believed to be like any other breast cancer in its biology. My doctors told me IBC is dangerous because it is in the lymph vessels, so it spreads easily. Not much research was being done on IBC at the time because of its rarity. However, I learned at the 5th International Inflammatory Breast Cancer Conference in Boston, July 9-10, 2016, that IBC is different and that doctors are now interested in studying the disease and doing clinical trials to find the best treatments.
IBC is different
For example, the age distribution of IBC departs distinctly from the typical pattern for other breast cancers. According to Dr. Kelly Hirko of Michigan State University, IBC rates tend to rise until age 50 and then stabilize,&