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Topic: Burning and bruise like spots on breasts that keep spreading

Forum: Benign Breast Conditions —

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Posted on: Feb 9, 2020 08:10PM

Jlynn222 wrote:

Over the last couple of years I noticed a bruise like spot that looked like my bra was rubbing and the spots started out like a dime and has since spread from the side of my breast to the middle. I had a skin biopsy and she said it isnt cancer but it still continues to burn and spread. I know IBC is often misdiagnosed and this scares me because I seen an article where a lady had a bruise and it turned out as IBC. I feel like the doctors are giving me the run around. I have been to dermintologist and had mammogram. I need a doctor to take me seriously. I am 43 years old.

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Feb 9, 2020 09:44PM MelissaDallas wrote:

IBC progresses rapidly, in days, if not hours. If you had untreated IBC for two years you would likely be very ill and the appearance would be pretty unmistakeable.

What was the diagnosis of your biopsy, besides not cancer

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Feb 10, 2020 06:40PM Jlynn222 wrote:

the diagnosis said it was a protein build up. I cant remember the name and I accepted that until last week I had a mammogram and they said I have to come back in for another one and an ultrasound because they seen some unevenness on my left breast. I have had dense breast tissue for as far as I know and they said they need further tests. Now I am scared of not only IBC but other kinds of cancer. I do know that IBC wont show up on a mammogram or ultrasound.

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Feb 10, 2020 09:06PM blue22 wrote:

That is not correct that IBC won't show up on an ultrasound or mammogram....

Also please don't say "IBC progresses rapidly, in days, if not hours" This is very misleading and dangerous to say. IBC can progress very rapidly but not everyone who is diagnosed with IBC has such stunningly obvious progression.

Dx 1/2019, IBC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 2/14/2019 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 7/29/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Dx 7/30/2019, IDC/IBC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 4/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Dx 8/2019, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+ Radiation Therapy 10/8/2019 Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Feb 10, 2020 10:27PM Jlynn222 wrote:

it doesn't always show up on a mammogram. Most of the time IBC isn't ruled out until a biopsy. I also have freckles that is spreading with the bruise

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Feb 11, 2020 02:10AM LoriCA wrote:

MelissaDallas is just quoting the same information that is posted on many breast cancer sites, including this one.. One of the main diagnostic criteria for primary IBC is the rapid onset of symptoms over no more than a few months.

What is true is that if IBC were left untreated for years, the skin on your breast would undoubtedly be ulcerated (IBC is in the lymphatic system of the skin and can easily break through)... if you were still alive. Primary IBC is extremely aggressive and left untreated it would be deadly (~30% of us are already Stage IV by the time there are any symptoms). So it is very unlikely that you have IBC.

Although I don't know what is causing your freckles and bruising, you don't have any of the typical symptoms of primary IBC - noticeable swelling of the breast, heat/warmth, peau d'orange (orange peel skin), redness/discoloration over at least one third of your breast. If after all this time you haven't developed more severe symptoms I think you can safely stop worrying about IBC.

IBC Stage IV de novo - mets throughout skeleton (bones & now bone marrow), liver, dozens of distant nodes, chest wall/pec muscle, skin, tumor in brachial nerves, thyroid, polycythemia from bone marrow involvement Dx 9/8/2017, IBC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver/other, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 9/26/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 2/6/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 2/6/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/30/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy Kadcyla (T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab)
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Feb 11, 2020 06:59AM Jlynn222 wrote:

thanks LoriCA I hope you are right. It scares me though because I read an article where a girls IBC started out as a bruise. My breasts are so sore. I'm on my way now to a call back mammogram and ultrasound

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Feb 11, 2020 08:55AM - edited Feb 11, 2020 08:55AM by djmammo


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