Risk of IBC recurrence?

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Question from Kat: Since IBC is an aggressive form of breast cancer, if it should spread to other areas of the body, does it act the same way thereā€”for example, fast growing? I was diagnosed with it December 2003, completed treatment August 2004 and have had no evidence of disease since.
Answers - Thomas Buchholz Kat, I'm happy to hear you're doing well after completion of your treatment. It is true that if IBC were to recur, it tends to reoccur earlier compared to non-IBC breast cancer. For example, non-IBC breast cancer can even recur a decade after treatment. This would be very, very unusual for patients with IBC. I hope yours will never recur.

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