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Inflammatory Breast Cancer Treatment at Tampa General Hospital


When creating an effective treatment plan for inflammatory breast cancer, a number of factors must be taken into account. Most important among these include the stage of the cancer and whether it will respond to hormone therapy. Because inflammatory breast cancer is a particularly aggressive form of cancer that can spread quickly, many cases are only detected at later stages. This makes it imperative that the initial diagnosis be accurate and that a comprehensive treatment strategy be formed quickly.

At Tampa General Hospital, we utilize the latest diagnostic technologies and techniques to determine the extent and biological makeup of each patient’s cancer, which allows us to develop highly individualized treatment plans and provide the greatest likelihood for the successful management and/or elimination of the cancer. After obtaining a diagnosis, our team of cancer specialists will typically recommend some combination of:

  • Surgery – Most surgical options for this type of cancer involve a total mastectomy (removal of the breast).A distinctive lump of cancerous cells is not typical of inflammatory breast cancer, and so a lumpectomy is usually not a viable treatment option.
  • Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy is usually used in combination with surgery and/or radiation therapy to eliminate the cancer cells that aren’t targeted with other methods.
  • Radiation therapy – Radiation therapy that targets the breast and/or lymph nodes may be used to prevent recurrence or to manage pain in patients whose cancer does not allow for surgery.
  • Hormone therapy – This treatment can be used to inhibit the production and activation of progesterone and estrogen, thereby preventing cancer cells from dividing and growing.

Providing treatment not only for inflammatory breast cancer and but for all other forms of cancer as well, Tampa General Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10% in the nation for Cancer Care.