There is reason for hope...Until fairly recently, a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer was virtually a death sentence. Only 2% of patients survived five years, and long-term survival was almost unheard of. While overall survival rates for breast cancer have only improved slightly since the 1950s, there have been significant improvements for IBC, and recently published studies give five-year survival rates in the neighbourhood of 40% with relatively few relapses after five years. Newly developed drugs and the use of high-dose chemotherapy may raise survival rates even further.
Here are the stories of some courageous women who have lived through or are living with IBC. In some cases names have been changed to protect their privacy. Not all stories of IBC have happy endings, and you will find stories here that may both uplift and frighten you. Fear is natural, but shouldn't be allowed to overwhelm the willpower and sense of hope you need to face this crisis.