Stopping treatment after having breast cancer can be both liberating and terrifying. While it may be nice to end the treatments and medications and the side effects and complications that can go with them, it can also be scary to leave the almost constant care of doctors and the treatments that got you to the point where you are now. However, there is an increasing demand for continued care for survivors, not just patients, and oncologists are stepping up to take on this responsibility.
I was stunned to read that death rates from inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) may be rising because some doctors are not following the standard protocol for treatment. Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive disease. The survival rate for patients who receive just a mastectomy is so dismal that there was a time when IBC patients…