- Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- What are the signs and symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer?
- Can inflammatory breast cancer be detected by mammogram or a breast exam?
- How is inflammatory breast cancer diagnosed?
- Survival rates for inflammatory breast cancer
- How is inflammatory breast cancer treated?
- What`s new in inflammatory breast cancer research?
- Where can I find more information about inflammatory breast cancer?
- References: inflammatory breast cancer
Survival rates for inflammatory breast cancer
Survival rates are often used by doctors as a standard way of discussing a person's prognosis (outlook). Some patients with cancer might want to know the survival statistics for people in similar situations, while others may not find the numbers helpful, or may even not want to know them. If you decide you don’t want to know, stop reading here and skip to the next section.
The 5-year survival rate refers to the percentage of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer is diagnosed. Of course, many of these people live much longer than 5 years.
Five-year relative survival rates, such as the numbers below, assume that some people will die of other causes and compare the observed survival with that expected for people without the cancer. This is a better way to see the impact of the cancer on survival.
In order to get 5-year survival rates, doctors have to look at people who were treated at least 5 years ago. Improvements in treatment since then may result in a more favorable outlook for people now being diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer.
Survival rates are often based on previous outcomes of large numbers of people who had the disease, but they cannot predict what will happen in any particular person's case. Many other factors may affect a person's outlook, such as age, general health, treatment received, and how well the cancer responds to treatment. Your doctor can tell you how the numbers below may apply to you, as he or she is familiar with your situation.
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is an aggressive cancer because it grows quickly, is more likely to have spread at the time it is found, and is more likely to come back after treatment than most other types of breast cancer. The prognosis (outlook) is generally not as good as it is for most other types of breast cancer.
In the past, women with IBC lived on average only about 18 months after diagnosis. With advances in treatment, such as using the combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, survival has improved.
According to data from the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, for patients who were diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer between 1988 and 2001, the 5-year relative survival rate was about 40%. This compares with about 87% for all breast cancers combined.
Last Medical Review: 08/30/2012
Last Revised: 03/08/2013