Do IBC symptoms come and go?

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Question from LionP: Do the symptoms (rash, etc.) of inflammatory breast cancer come and go? I've had breast cancer in my right breast and got a rash in my left breast two years later. It went away but sometimes it still looks like a mild rash is back. My doctor thought it was just a spider bite.
Answers - Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, M.D., F.A.C.P. It's hard to comment without seeing it, but in general terms a rash that is related to the progression of cancer does not come and go, especially over many months and several years. It is unlikely to be related to cancer. There are many other things that can cause a rash on the chest wall, so one would have to place this in context of all other symptoms and circumstances of that rash.
Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. It sounds like you have had a previous diagnosis of breast cancer, so you may be connected with a breast surgeon who would probably be in the best situation to evaluate that rash.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Inflammatory Breast Cancer featured Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D., Thomas Buchholz, M.D., and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answering your questions about inflammatory breast cancer, a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer.

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