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For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned of a link between breast implants and cancer. As of February 2017, the FDA had received more than 350 reports of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), including nine fatal cases. Although reports of this type of T-cell lymphoma are rare, documented cases are expected to increase as more women and doctors become aware of the connection.
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How Do Breast Implants Cause Cancer?
Breast implant-associated lymphoma cases have been primarily traced back to textured implants, versus implants with smooth surfaces, also known as shells. These breast implants are anatomically shaped and have a textured surface to help prevent them from rotating out of position.
Although the specific cause of BIA-ALCL has not been determined, experts have speculated that the textured implant surface irritates and inflames surrounding tissue. More research also needs to be done on whether the methods used to texture the surfaces and the bacterial biofilm used on the devices are contributing factors.
Research has indicated that the filling for the implants (saline or silicone) does not seem to be a factor, and it doesn’t appear to matter whether the patient got breast implants for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons.
Breast implant-associated lymphoma has developed in women anywhere from two to 28 years after the original implant surgery, The New York Times reports.
Symptoms of ALCL with Breast Implants
Doctors should talk to breast implant patients about monitoring for problems. Some of the symptoms of breast implant-associated ALCL include:
- Lumps in the breast or armpit
- Pain in the breast
- Fluid build-up or swelling
- Asymmetry in the breasts
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should talk with your doctor immediately. Your doctor may perform a mammogram or other imaging tests to examine your breast, and he or she will take a sample of fluid for a biopsy to help with diagnosis.
Treatment for Cancer Caused by Breast Implants
The best treatment for women diagnosed with ALCL is surgery to remove the implant and the surrounding scar tissue where the cancer developed. Some patients may also require chemotherapy or radiation.
Surgery for ALCL is considered extremely effective, and the prognosis is good for patients who are diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
However, treatment for breast implant-associated ALCL can be extremely expensive, and health insurance companies may deny coverage for surgery to remove cosmetic implants. If you have been diagnosed with breast implant cancer, you should know that you have a right to demand compensation from the manufacturer of your implants. Contact us today to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.
Our Nationally Recognized Attorneys Stand Ready to Fight for You
With more than two decades of experience, the respected product liability attorneys at Belluck & Fox, LLP have a long track record of success in fighting for the rights of injured people and their families. We can help victims of breast implant cancer demand:
- Payment for past and future medical bills related to your cancer
- Compensation for the time you have missed from work
- Payment for the pain and suffering you have enduredBreast Cancer Symptoms Implants
Know your rights and schedule a free consultation with our NYC legal team today. You can also visit our offices located at The Capital District, Woodstock and Rochester. We will review the details of your case and discuss all your legal options for seeking the compensation you deserve after an ALCL diagnosis. Our firm will not charge any fees to get started on your claim, and we will only collect payment for our services if and when we recover compensation for you.
- FDA:Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)
- The New York Times: A Shocking Diagnosis: Breast Implants ‘Gave Me Cancer’
- The New York Times: 9 Deaths Are Linked to Rare Cancer from Breast Implants
- Medscape: Bacterial Biofilm Infection Detected in Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma
- MD Anderson Cancer Center:Implant-Associated ALCL Diagnosis