Inflammatory breast cancer survival rates?

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Question from Snowbird: What are survival rates for inflammatory breast cancer? I'm considering breast reconstruction (3 years after chemo) and don't know if it's "worth it."
Answers - Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. Inflammatory breast cancer is a very difficult disease to predict an outcome for. The best predictor is if the patient had a good response to initial therapy. So I'm encouraged by the fact that you have remained free of recurrence for what sounds like already a few years. I think you should discuss the details of your prognosis with your own medical oncologist and then with your plastic surgeon to find out what the different options for reconstruction are. You may opt for less involved surgery and yet still be able to have a satisfactory reconstruction. I would not say you shouldn't consider it at all.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Open for Your Questions featured Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions covering a wide variety of issues relating to breast cancer.

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

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