Best Practices in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer signs and symptoms mimic mastitis. Many physicians do not recognize that mastitis is common in younger, premenopausal women but uncommon in the post-menopausal population. The rarity of inflammatory breast cancer compared with the frequency of mastitis or cellulitis of the breast often results in a delay of a cancer work-up in favor of treating mastitis. This delay may affect the patient’s clinical course thus increasing the possibility of symptomatic spread of breast cancer and associated outcomes. 

The webinar will review the clinical presentation of inflammatory breast cancer, discuss the NCCN guidelines for inflammatory breast cancer, and best practices for early diagnosis by primary care physicians, Ob-Gyn specialists, and advance practice providers.

Target Audience

  • Primary care providers
  • Ob-Gyn specialists
  • Advance practice providers
  • NAPBC Centers
  • Patient Advocacy Organizations

Learning Objectives


  • Describe the common presentation of inflammatory breast cancer and the characteristics that differentiate it from locally advanced disease.
  • Identify best practice options for the timely diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer.
  • Discuss the NCCN guidelines for inflammatory breast cancer and compare the differences to the guidelines for non-inflammatory invasive breast cancer.




Course summary
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  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
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Presenter and Disclosures

Beth Overmoyer, MD, FACS - nothing to disclose
Internal Medicine and Hematology and Oncology Hospital
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Beth Overmoyer is a national and international expert on inflammatory breast cancer. She is currently the director of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which is one of three dedicated programs in the USA focusing on the care of patients with IBC. Dr. Overmoyer received her MD from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine followed by training in Internal Medicine and Hematology and Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She became the director of breast cancer research under the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center in Cleveland prior to joining Dana Farber.  In addition to publishing extensively on IBC, she has been the principal investigator of several clinical trials designed specifically for IBC and oversees the translational research that result from these studies. 


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AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

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  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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