What Is Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)?
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer in which cancer cells block the lymph vessels of the skin of the breast, causing the breast to appear red or inflamed. Unlike other types of breast cancer, a lump is usually not a symptom of IBC.
Our Unique Approach to Treating IBC
At Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center's Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers, we have a program dedicated to IBC treatment, research, and education. Our specialists work together and with you to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique medical needs.
Leading Treatment and Research for IBC
Our specialized IBC program — the only program of its kind in the Northeast — includes breast cancer surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists who have specific expertise in treating IBC. Our clinical team is skilled at identifying this rare and often misdiagnosed disease, ensuring that you receive the care you need as quickly as possible.
Our physician-scientists lead research efforts that are improving the understanding of IBC and creating new treatment options. Our research scientists and clinicians meet regularly to discuss challenging cases and work together to develop studies to address these challenges. This enables us to provide a personalized approach to care for our IBC patients.
Second Opinions for IBC
We welcome patients diagnosed with IBC to get a second opinion with us. We can partner with your local oncologist to review your options at any stage of your treatment.
- To make an appointment, call 877-442-3324. After scheduling, one of our nurses will call you to answer your questions and help you prepare for the appointment.
- For referring physicians: To refer a patient for diagnosis and treatment for inflammatory breast cancer, call 617-632-2311 or 877-442-3324.
- For more information about the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program, call 617-632-2311.