One more time


Every so often I feel it is necessary to list the symptoms of IBC. And while I realize it is a rare cancer I feel it is very important to get the information out there. So quickly here is what you are looking for.


Rapid, unusual increase in breast size

Redness, rash, blotchiness on breast

Persistent itching of breast or nipple

Lump or thickening of breast tissue

Stabbing pain and/or soreness of breast

Feverish breast

Swelling of lymph nodes under the arm or above the collarbone

Dimpling or ridging of the breast

Flattening or retracting of nipple

Please remember that these symptoms are often assumed to be an infection. If you do not get better after one or two antibiotic courses demand an ultrasound and biopsy.
Please do not ignore these symptoms. Especially if you are breastfeeding or pregnant!!!!

Please do not allow a loved one to ignore these symptoms.

Please be proactive about your breast health. Remember that IBC does NOT show up on a mammogram or through self exam. It is painful though so do not ignore the signs!
Inflammatory breast cancer is aggressive and invasive. It has metastasized in women with only a brief period of symptoms.
It has a much lower survival rate.
It has killed sixteen year old girls. Mothers please tell your daughter to look for these symptoms as well.
God bless you all. I hope this helps

    2 Responses to “One more time”

    1. Mark Grimm says:

      I have watched your blog ever since Google picked up on your use of the term Rexin-G. I live in Bakersfield Ca, 110 miles north of Dr. Chawla’s office in Santa Monica. I have had a are sarcoma called leiomyosarcoma since 2003 and have been a patient and friend of the Dr. since then. I am currently receiving chemo there to work on a met in my lung which I hope to RFA in a month or so. It will be my second RFA following 3 thoracotomies. My letter is to offer any information about the office, ( I ass-ume you are going to his place at 2811 Wilshire), where to possibly stay and stuff. Everything is very very overpriced. I hope to be in Rexin-G trials in a few months.

    2. Kara-lee says:

      Thankyou Andrea.

      I have been having recurrent breast problems for the last 7 months which is inflammatory tissue under my nipple they removed with surgery but it has now regenerated.. they dont know why. When they received the biopsy results it just said ‘inflammatory tissue’ and they could find no signs of cyst remnants etc (which isnt very helpful). I have been given about 10 courses of antibiotics now and while they work for a few days while taking them once i stop taking them it comes straight back and the inflammation turns into infection. I am having a hard time diagnosing my problem and the professionals are throwing their hands in the air about it. i might discuss this condition with the doctors next time and see if they can assess if this is possible.

      Thanks for keeping my eyes open to new ideas, even if this isnt the right one its one thing to tick off the box.