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IBC after IDC

rnmom2three Member Posts: 2

I am 52, and definitely not lactating! I suddenly developed symptoms of mastitis with a fever a few days ago. The symptoms have mostly improved on their own and the fever subsided after about 36 hours, but I went to the doctor today because, with my history of breast cancer, I wanted to get checked out. She thinks it is probably mastitis because of the fever, but wants to rule out IBC. So, I'm scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound in two weeks.

My question for all of you is this: How many of you were diagnosed with IBC after having IDC? I would like to know if the chances of having IBC are increased if one has had IDC.

I have been cancer free for 9 years. The fear of recurrence is always slightly in the back of my mind, but as I reach the 10 year mark, I feel like the chance is diminishing.

Then this...

I really hope I'm not about to go down the cancer road again.


  • kipani
    kipani Member Posts: 13

    There's never fever with IBC. Just symptoms that get worse day to day. Literally.

    Hope this eases you.

  • lw422
    lw422 Member Posts: 1,399

    CCA_RN--I had IDC and IBC concurrently but I have not heard that having IDC makes one any more susceptible to IBC. Sorry you have to wait on testing, and I hope you get a good result.

    Everyone's experience with IBC is different. I've not heard of general fever with IBC, but many of us had a "warmth" in the affected breast. Also, my symptoms did not get worse day to day, though some people's do. Try not to worry until you have to... and I know that's easier said than done. My best to you.

  • barefootmimi
    barefootmimi Member Posts: 5

    I’m interested in knowing your outcome CCA_RN

  • rnmom2three
    rnmom2three Member Posts: 2

    My mammogram was clear, so I apparently just had a freaky case of mastitis. Thanks for checking in.

  • PatRN10
    PatRN10 Member Posts: 110

    But I thought mammos did not necessarily pick up IBC.