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12/12/2006My mother was diagnosed with IBC in July 2004. They tentatively labeled it stage IV due to a suspicious shadow from her scan (they couldn't biopsy the area because it was in the shoulder joint). She underwent chemo, a mastectomy, more chemo, and radiation therapy---this all ended in July 2005. The post-radiation scan revealed what they thought was residual scarring (or something similar) from the radiation treatment, but her September 2006 scan showed the same thing. Last month she developed five small lumps about 1/4"...three under her arm (where lymph nodes were removed) and two on her chest. A recent biopsy revealed that they were malignant. What does this mean? Is this containable, can she go into remission, or does this mean the cancer has gotten out of hand? My mother has an appointment tomorrow, but I'm afraid she won't ask all of the necessary questions. Thanks.
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12/13/2006based on your description it implies the disease is progressing. ask the doctors to clarify that for you and her and ask what additional treatment options are there to try to get this back into control.

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