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Inflammatory Breast Cancer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)?

IBC is an advanced and accelerated form of breast cancer that is always classified as IIIb or IV on a scale that ranges from I-IV.

IBC is usually not detected by mammograms or ultrasounds when there is not a defined tumor.

IBC is in the lymphatic system which is a part of your immune system that protects you against infection and disease. The cancer cells clog the lymphatic system just below the skin, causing the breast to be discolored and warm to the touch.

IBC usually grows in nests or sheets, rather than as a confined, solid tumor; therefore, it can spread throughout the breast without a detectable lump.

Can you tell me what is covered under Medicare A,B, and Medicaid?

I am divorcing and have been told I will lose my insurance through my current husband's insurance after 3 yrs.  The Cobra lawyer says I can use that coverage for only 3 years.  Is that true?

Answers to these questions, that apply to those living in the United States,  can be found on the following websites:

  1. Questions and answers regarding COBRA: http://www.benefitslink.com/qa_columns/COBRA/questions.shtml
  2. Medicare: http://www.medicare.gov/   or call 1-800-MEDICARE
  3. Health Care Financing Administration [Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP (State Childrens Health Insurance Program)] http://www.hcfa.gov/ The Patient Advocate Organization at:   http://www.patientadvocate.org/ and their resource pages at: http://www.patientadvocate.org/patient.htm and http://www.patientadvocate.org/patient2.htm and their special resource page with information regarding resources per State: http://data.patientadvocate.org/. At the above website, choose your State from the left-hand column and "All" from the right-hand column to discover the various agencies and charities in your State that can provide various forms of assistance and information.

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