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Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer? Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

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Unread 12-10-2008, 08:52 AM
Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

Hi Ladies,
It's been awhile since I've posted, sorry I've been busy. I have been trying to pop in every once in awhile. This time unfortunately I need to post because I'm worried. I'm hoping maybe somebody out here has some information to pass along my direction.
First of all - I had ovarian cancer in 2005, NED since April 2006... However my cancer was considered the hereditary kind...and we've been on "the watch" for breast cancer....I have recently developed many of the symptoms for Inflammatory BC....swelling, tenderness of breast, DISCHARGE, and I have an itchy patch of skin and a little lump under my arm (but I'm not convinced it's really a lump, maybe not). All have come on in just a couple of weeks. Obviously...I am seeing my Onc in the morning with an early bird 8AM appointment tomorrow - earliest I could get in.
I have done the web searches...I know the symptoms of IBC...in fact my first cousin has already battled it (along with 16 other cousins but not all was inflammatory). But has anybody out here had it...have any information?
HEY maybe I'm just freaking out a little too much and this is just some sort of breast infection - those happen, right?
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Unread 12-10-2008, 09:26 AM
Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

Oh Pokadot, we have all learned, don't ignore the signs and get it checked out. I amso glad you are getting in with your doc as soon as possible and I do so hope it is just a whatever of no major consequence. Please keep us posted.
Unread 12-10-2008, 10:47 AM
Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

Hi Pokadot, My aunt had IBC and she ignored the rash until it was stage 4. I am so glad you are going in tomorrow. You're a survivor and since you are on top of the situation I have faith that you will lick this too if it does turn out to be IBC. I'll be praying...keep us posted!
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Unread 12-11-2008, 12:09 AM
Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

Said a prayer for an all clear for you!
Unread 12-11-2008, 07:50 AM
Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

Hi Pokadot! Good to hear from you but sorry to hear this recent news - please let us know what you find out - so very glad that you spotted potential symptoms and got an appt right away!
Unread 12-15-2008, 10:35 AM
Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

Just a quick update...went to the onc. She doesn't think it's IBC. I had a mammo and ultrasound...nothing out of the ordinary there. So I'm put on a "watch"...3 months another ultrasound is scheduled.
Very weird symptoms however and I just can't stop thinking about it. I have breast discharge, one breast is swollen to a size larger than the other, PAIN in the breast, and i have a scaly little spot on my skin that won't go away. I don't have any redness though - and my onc said that if it was inflammatory breast cancer, it would be red and she just dismissed it. But I guess, she's the expert. I'll just keep an eye on things and if it gets worse I will be going in sooner than the 3-month time period they gave me. One thing I learned prior to my OVCA being diagnosed - if i would have listened to the "experts" that told me nothing was wrong...I would be dead by now.
BUT here's hoping I AM making something out of nothing this time.
Unread 12-15-2008, 12:55 PM
Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer?


Your gyn didn't think you had the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer. Did she offer any possibilities of what could be causing the symptoms?
Unread 12-15-2008, 01:25 PM
Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

Maybe you would feel better with a second opinion?
Unread 12-15-2008, 04:04 PM
I'm a breast cancer survivor

and I'd sure want a Dr. to try to diagnose the problem. If your onc wants watchful waiting, perhaps your PC physician would see you. Could it be an infection of some sort that would benefit by treatment (antibiotics)? I don't think I could stand to wait for three months, but I would be reassured that the onc doesn't think it's inflammatory breast cancer. I waited for three months after my breast lump was found, on the advice of my GP. The wait gave the lump time to grow and infect lymph. I'd never do it again the way I did it the first time. I think it was very important for you to see the onc doc as soon as you did and hope that the problem resolves. Your are wise to be vigilant.

Thinking of you. Please let us know how it is going.

Barb A.
Unread 12-16-2008, 09:29 AM
Ovarian Cancer...now possible Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

I am really glad for the hopeful news, however, I agree with the other ladies who said you need to follow up or get an answer. My aunt who died of IBC went on for a year with at first just bumps that looked like bites and then they looked like shingles. She went for her regular mamo and they wouldn't give her one because they thought it was shingles and she could be contagious. Three different drs. told her it was just a rash. It took a very good dermatologist to finally dx her but it was stage 4 when the finally did. Hers itched too. I am hoping your dr. is right and it isn't serious but any time you get something new, unusual and persistent, it is good to get to the bottom of it. Most drs aren't familiar with how it looks in the beginning stages. That said, I do hope she is right and it is nothing. It sounds like you are a woman who follows her intuition to pursue something if it seems wrong. You have been through the run around before. I hope it clears soon and best of luck to you!

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