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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


inflammatory breast cancer  listen  (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.

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Inflammatory breast cancer of the left breast with redness, peau d'orange, and inverted nipple.