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Inflammatory breast cancer: Clinical progress and the main problems that must be addressed

Sharon H Giordano* and Gabriel N Hortobagyi

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Department of Breast Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

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Breast Cancer Res 2003, 5:284-288  doi:10.1186/bcr608

Published: 26 August 2003


Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but highly aggressive form of locally advanced breast cancer. Historically, this disease was uniformly fatal; however, with the advent of induction chemotherapy and carefully coordinated multimodality treatment, the prognosis of these patients has improved. This article reviews the clinical characteristics of inflammatory breast cancer and the recent advances in therapy.

breast cancer; inflammatory; locally advanced