inflammatory breast cancer

Pronunciation: (in-FLA-muh-TOR-ee brest KAN-ser)

A type of breast cancer in which the breast looks red and swollen and feels warm. The skin of the breast may also show the pitted appearance called peau d'orange (like the skin of an orange). The redness and warmth occur because the cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Inflammatory breast cancer of the left breast showing peau d’orange and inverted nipple.

Date last modified: 2005-01-11