How does IBC act when metastasized?

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Question from Funny: You didn't answer Kat's question re: does the IBC behave the same way in other parts of the body as it did in the primary site? We are not asking about likelihood of recurrence as much as what happens [and] how quickly in a secondary site?
Answers - Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, M.D., F.A.C.P. First of all, I think we need to dispel the idea that inflammatory breast cancer looks like inflammation under the microscope. It does not. In terms of the question specifically, once inflammatory breast cancer spreads to other organs, it tends to behave much like other rapidly growing or aggressive breast cancer. Now because it is an aggressive form of breast cancer, it has a pattern of spread that is somewhat different from other forms of breast cancer. It tends to spread more often to the lungs, the brain, and the liver although certainly not exclusively so. Once it spreads, it is an aggressive tumor and tends to grow more rapidly and spread more rapidly than other forms of breast cancer like the hormone dependent non-inflammatory breast cancer.

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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