A cancer care center in Baltimore, MD is bolstering its efforts to improve and save the lives of patients suffering from the most common type of cancer in females - breast cancer.
Through the leadership and expertise of Massimo Cristofanilli, M.D., F.A.C.P., the current director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center's Jefferson Breast Care Center, the institution hopes to consistently make new and improved breast cancer treatments more accessible to their patients, who often travel across the country just to receive cancer care under his supervision.
Dr. Cristofanilli is a world-renowned medical oncologist and researcher with a specialization in breast cancer, and is also the deputy director of Translational Research. His latest works focus on a rare, more aggressive type of breast cancer called, IBC or inflammatory breast cancer, which has been observed to be more common in overweight women, aged 50 years old and up, and is estimated to account for up to 5% of all breast cancers in the US.
IBC results in painful, red and swollen breasts, and is commonly misdiagnosed as non-cancerous. Doctors often give a diagnosis of mastitis, but the extremely uncomfortable symptoms would persist even