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The A B C D’s of Inflammatory Breast Cancer


Clayton Polowy, MD is a Medical Oncologist practicing at Banner Desert Medical Center.

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ASK THE EXPERT: The A B C D’s of Inflammatory Breast Cancer Video - Full Transcription

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to
provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents:
             Ask the Expert
Text: The A B C D’s of Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Text: Clayton Polowy, MD
Medical Oncologist
Banner Desert Medical Center

Image: Clayton Polowy, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Audio:  “The A, B, C, D’s of inflammatory breast cancer include the following, after a one week course of antibiotics, which is typically what patients will be treated with,…”

Text: A – If you see any ASYMMETRY call your Physician

Audio:   “…if there’s any ‘asymmetry’ at all in the breast, they should contact their physician.”

Text: B – Be Persistent

Audio:  “B is for ‘be persistent’ about calling your doctor if there are persistent changes in the breast that do not resolve.”

Text: C – Call and Request a Breast Cancer Specialist

Audio:  “C is ‘call’ and request a breast cancer specialist.”

Text: D – Patients should request a Diagnostic Study

Audio:  “D stands for ‘diagnosis.’ Patients should request a diagnostic study to help include or exclude inflammatory breast cancer.”

Text: Treatment Options
   * Systemic Chemotherapy
   * Surgery
   * Radiation Treatment

 Audio:  “The treatment options for inflammatory breast cancer typically include the following [usually there are three]: Systemic chemotherapy first, followed by surgery, which is typically a mastectomy, and then radiation treatment. Sometimes patients need additional systemic chemotherapy to complete their course of treatment. Some patients will qualify for hormone therapy as well.” 

Text: The A B C D’s of Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Audio:  “It is very important for women to remember these A B C D’s of inflammatory breast cancer because it is not uncommon for there to be a delay in the diagnosis. And earlier detection and diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer can lead to more successful treatment for the patient.”

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