Inflammatory Breast Cancer | Symptoms, Stages, Diagnosis, Treatment & survival rates

Prognosis and survival rates for inflammatory breast cancer

Breast cancer, in general, causes one in eight women to lose their life. Inflammatory breast cancer, while it is rare at 1 to 5 out of every 100 cases of breast cancer, has a higher mortality rate than other types of the disease. One third of women who are diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer are first diagnosed after the tumor has metastasized.

The prognosis of a cancer is measured using the percentage of patients who survive for at least five years after the initial diagnosis, thus the metric we use is called the 5-year survival rate.

It was found that the 5-year survival rate for inflammatory breast cancer in general is about 39%

If it has been confirmed that the tumor has spread to the nearby lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 52%

If the cancer has been found to have spread to other body parts, then the 5-year survival rate falls to 18%