This summary table contains detailed information about research studies. Summary tables are a useful way to look at the science behind many breast cancer guidelines and recommendations. However, to get the most out of the tables, it’s important to understand some key concepts. Learn how to read a research table.
Introduction: Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare, but aggressive form of breast cancer. IBC is treated with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and may include hormone therapy and/or targeted therapy.
With modern treatments, survival for women with IBC appears to be improving. One study found 3-year overall survival was 63 percent for women diagnosed before 2006 and 82 percent for women diagnosed after 2006 .
Learn more about treatment for IBC.
Study selection criteria: Clinical trials with 50 or more participants and at least 5 years of follow-up.
Study Population (number of participants)
5-year Overall Survival Rate
Palangie et al. 
Chemotherapy>>radiation therapy>>chemotherapy with or without targeted therapy with or without hormone therapy with or without mastectomy
Ueno et al. 
Chevallier et al. 
Chemotherapy>>radiation therapy with or without mastectomy with or without chemotherapy
Attia-Sobol et al. 
Chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy with or without surgery with or without radiation therapy>>chemotherapy
Untch et al. 
Chemotherapy>>mastectomy with or without radiation therapy>>chemotherapy
Perez et al. 
Harris et al. 
Chemotherapy>>radiation therapy with or without mastectomy>>chemotherapy
* Estimate from figure in article
† Breast cancer survival rather than overall survival
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