Inflammatory Breast Cancer - CMEZ174

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Rare and Aggressive

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD
(4.6 / 100 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Inflammatory breast cancer is not a common type of breast cancer. Overall, it accounts for about 2% to 5% of all cases of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer develops and progresses rapidly, which accounts for a poor prognosis. The median survival for patients with inflammatory breast cancer is 15 months, even with treatment. It presents with signs and symptoms of inflammation, and is often mistaken for cellulitis. Physical exam may reveal a warm, indurated and erythematous breast, without an underlying mass, but axillary adenopathy is common. Also, it may present as a reddened breast, without systemic features of inflammation. Prompt biopsy followed by treatment by an interprofessional team is highly recommended. Unlike other breast cancers, initial treatment of inflammatory breast cancer is chemotherapy, followed by surgery and radiation.


The goal of this inflammatory breast cancer continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, physicians and imaging technologists with information about inflammatory breast cancer, its pathophysiology, presentation and treatment. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the pathology, presentation and examination of patients with inflammatory breast cancer
  • Discuss the role of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation in patients with primary inflammatory breast cancer, including management of adverse effects
  • List the novel types of treatment for patients with advanced inflammatory breast cancer
  • Discuss the types of cancer drugs used to treat inflammatory breast cancer
  • List other non-drug therapies for treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

Approval Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, physicians and imaging technologists.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 11/13/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/13/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/3/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Rebecca P - Palm Springs, CA  ·  Sep 15, 2019
This is new information for me. Found this not only interesting but informative.
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Sharon M - Decatur, GA  ·  Aug 20, 2019
Very informative. Learned to improve diagnosing
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Jolanta B - Dunedin, FL  ·  Jul 16, 2019
I work with breast cancer patients but was interested in learning more. Especially pharmokinetics of chemotherapy
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Sara G - Rockville, MD  ·  Jul 11, 2019
excellent, informative and concise information.
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RUTH H - Beaumont, TX  ·  May 31, 2019
Very straight and to the point. Easy to understand and informative.
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