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PEAU D'ORANGE

Merry Christmas to all of you!I am a new doctor(just finished my studies) and I'd like your medical opinion about a case that I saw today.There is a woman 60 years old with cancer of stage 1(T1N0M0),LNs negative(0/20),grade 3,ormonic receptors negative and c-erb negative.She has finished 8 circles of chemotherapy(4 adriamycin-cyclofosfamid and 4 Taxotere.She has been operated in June 2007.Today her left breast(the one with the problem) was rather irritated for the first time since the operation.To me(I am mostly unexperienced and without a specialty yet) seemed to be a flammation.It was red and hot,she had mo fever or edema though.I'm now wondering:Could it be a peau d'orange situation,could it be a side-effect of Taxotere,could it be just a disorientation of lymph vessels of the area?Is it common or possible to notice something like this in a woman like her (with an operated tumor of good prognosis),only a semester after the operation and while she has been taken a chemotherapy?Could it be a new "beginning stronger than the first one''?I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.                              
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Dear TUSCANY1979,  Peau d’orange This term means "orange skin" in French. It's when the skin of the breast looks like the skin of a navel orange: It gets swollen and the hair follicles look like lots of little dimples. This can be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer.   However, inflammation of the breast can also be due to other things such as infection, or perhaps lymphedema.   Chemotherapy alone would unlikely cause such a situation.  You may want to refer her back to her surgeon to check this out.

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