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About the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program

  • Beth Overmoyer, MD, FACP

    Beth Overmoyer, MD, explains the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer.

  • At Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women Cancer Center's Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers Breast Oncology Program, our dedicated inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) program focuses on treatment and research. Our specialists work together, and with you, to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique medical needs.

    Our specialized program in IBC — 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 dedicated research program includes research scientists and clinicians who meet regularly to discuss challenging cases and together, develop research programs to address these challenges. This enables us to provide a personalized approach to care for our patients diagnosed with IBC.

  • Is it possible to have a full and active life after an inflammatory breast cancer diagnosis? Tish Vickery shares her active life as a wife, mother, professional, and athlete.

  • Rapid response and follow-up

    Individuals calling our IBC program who suspect or have been told they have IBC are contacted by our IBC nurses within 24 hours. If you have not been diagnosed yet, our IBC specialists work quickly to determine whether your symptoms are IBC, or something else (such as a breast infection). If a diagnosis of IBC is determined, your dedicated team of IBC clinicians will work together to create and oversee a personalized treatment plan, based on your specific disease.

    IBC nurses and staff will connect you with support services both on-site and in your community. Through this coordinated approach, your entire clinical team will work with you to explore every option to effectively treat your IBC, and support you every step of the way.

    Experience affects outcomes. Our clinical team is skilled at identifying this rare and often misdiagnosed disease, ensuring that you will receive the care you need as quickly as possible. Our physician-scientists lead research efforts that are changing the understanding of the disease, and creating new options for treatment.

    Expertise and innovation

    Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) physician-scientists are working to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of IBC. Our specialists are actively involved in research, and apply the latest knowledge to patient care. We offer our patients opportunities to take part in clinical trials, investigating new, targeted therapies for IBC.

    You may be eligible for other breast cancer clinical trials. Talk with your clinician about whether another breast cancer clinical trial may be right for you.


    Clinical trials for metastatic breast cancer

    We encourage our patients to participate in our tissue registry, a resource that supports basic science research of IBC and provides important information that guides treatment.

    Support for patients and their families

    We offer patient- and family-centered care, which means you and your family are the focus of our attention. Your health care team will take the time to listen, understand your needs and preferences, and try to give you a sense of control over your life.

    We understand that cancer affects more than your body. We offer support programs and resources that help you and your family cope with your illness, including complementary therapies such as massage and acupuncture.

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