Lymph node removal with IBC?

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Question from Tamera: Is it commonplace for surgeons not to remove lymph nodes with IBC because it is strictly for staging?
Answers - Thomas Buchholz The standard treatment for IBC first consists of chemotherapy. After a response to chemotherapy is achieved, the standard surgical treatment is to remove both the breast and the axillary (under the arm) lymph nodes. Dissection remains a standard part of the surgical treatment of inflammatory breast cancer. Subsequently patients should receive radiation and, as Dr. Hortobagyi just mentioned, Herceptin and hormonal treatment when appropriate.

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.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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