Improving The Rate Of Accurate Inflammatory Breast Cancer Diagnoses


Ryan Tamargo, NP, AONCP, discusses the launch of an online inflammatory breast cancer scoring system tool.

In this episode of The Vitals, Ryan Tamargo, NP, AONCP, a nurse practitioner with the inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, talks about IBC and why it is often misdiagnosed. She discusses the launch of an online IBC Scoring System tool, which was developed through Susan G Komen, the Milburn Foundation, and the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation. According to Tamargo, this tool may prove helpful in raising awareness about this rare form of breast cancer and make it easier for primary care providers to recognize the symptoms and make the correct diagnosis.


Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) Scoring System online tool

Episode Highlights

“What can be tricky about [IBC] is that there is sometimes no mass. The symptoms can be very progressive that it can look like an infection to primary care providers or providers in the community.” Time stamp (TS) 1:48

“The tool can be really helpful in going step-by-step [through] what you're actually seeing, and then will give you a score at the end.” TS 4:00

“The best thing to prevent this [from] becoming metastatic is going to be treatment with chemotherapy as soon as possible.”

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Jagsi R, Mason G, Overmoyer BA, et al. Inflammatory breast cancer defined: proposed common diagnostic criteria to guide treatment and research. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2022;192(2):235-243. doi:10.1007/s10549-021-06434-x

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