The current standard of care for inflammatory breast cancer is known as tri-modal therapy. This treatment plan begins with chemotherapy and is followed by surgery and radiation. The chemotherapy treatment aims to kill or shrink the tumor prior to surgery. Once the maximum amount of tumor is treated, then the breast and lymph nodes can be safely removed by surgery.
Choosing an Inflammatory Breast Cancer Surgery Specialist in Florida
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our highly-specialized inflammatory breast cancer team provides all aspects of treatment, including surgery, in a single, convenient location.
Experience and Expertise
The patients in our Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program have access to expert care for:
- Modified radical mastectomy (the most recommended surgical procedure for inflammatory breast cancer) from our fellowship-trained surgeons
- Chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy plans designed by our medical oncologists
- Radiation therapy plans determined by our radiation oncologists
Individualized Treatment Plan
Every cancer case is unique and for that reason, our inflammatory breast cancer specialists meet weekly as a tumor board to create a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan for each patient.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Surgery Options
A modified radical mastectomy is usually required for inflammatory breast cancer. This entails not only the surgical removal of a breast but also a procedure called axillary lymph node dissection to remove the lymph nodes in the underarm area.
Because inflammatory breast cancer usually does not have a distinctive breast lump, surgery to remove just the cancerous tissue is not possible.
Why do Inflammatory Breast Cancer Patients Choose Moffitt for Surgery?
Moffitt Cancer Center is a high-volume cancer center and, as a result, we see many inflammatory breast cancer patients from throughout Florida and our surgeons perform a high number of surgeries each year, using the most advanced techniques.
We have also been ranked the top cancer center in Florida and the Southeast by U.S. News and World Report.
Patient and Family-Centered Care
One of Moffitt’s core concepts is Patient and Family-Centered Care. As such, patients and families define their "family" and determine how they will participate in care and decision-making. We value the partnership between our treatment team, our patients and their family.
If you would like to speak to a cancer expert about inflammatory breast cancer surgery options at Moffitt Cancer Center, please call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. We provide every new patient rapid access to a cancer expert within a day, which is faster than any other cancer hospital in the nation.