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Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Sofia D Merajver, M.D., Ph.D., is working to unravel the genetic underpinnings of inflammatory breast cancer in order to develop more effective treatments.

Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but aggressive type of breast cancer that carries a poorer rate of survival than other types of breast cancer. The cancerous cells move rapidly throughout the breast and clog the lymph vessels in the skin, causing the breast to look swollen, red, itchy or inflamed. It's often mistaken for a rash or infection and many women are initially treated with antibiotics or steroids.

Learn more: visit the inflammatory breast cancer web page, part of's Healthwise® health information.

About 10 years ago, Sophia Merajver, M.D., Ph.D., and her colleagues identified alterations in two genes that were present in 90% of inflammatory breast cancers that weren't common in similarly advanced non-IBC cancers. This discovery laid the groundwork for the research that has followed.

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