What is the prognosis for inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) patients?

Prognosis describes the likely course and outcome of a disease - that is, the chance that a patient will recover or have a recurrence. Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is more likely to have metastasized (spread to other areas of the body) at the time of diagnosis than non-IBC cases. As a result, the 5-year survival rate for patients with IBC is between 25 and 50 percent, which is significantly lower than the survival rate for patients with non-IBC breast cancer. It is important to keep in mind, however, that these statistics are averages based on large numbers of patients. Statistics cannot be used to predict what will happen to a particular patient because each person's situation is unique. Patients are encouraged to talk to their doctors about their prognosis given their particular situation.

This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

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