Breast Implant Link to Lymphoma

FDA Updates Guidance About Breast Implant Link to Lymphoma

from the American Cancer Society

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says women with breast implants should have regular checks for the possibility of a certain type of lymphoma. The FDA first reported a possible link between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma in 2011. Since then, more evidence has strengthened the FDA’s understanding of this link.

The new information came from medical device reports, current medical literature, international regulators and scientific experts, and patient data. The World Health Organization last year officially recognized breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) as a rare form of lymphoma. Evidence shows that BIA-ALCL occurs more often in women who have implants with textured surfaces compared with smooth surfaces.

What you need to know

Signs and symptoms of BIA-ALCL may include lumps, pain, swelling, and asymmetry (breasts look different from each other).

The FDA advises women considering breast implants to talk with their health care team about the benefits and risks of textured-surface vs. smooth-surface implants.

If you already have breast implants, the FDA advises you to continue your regular, routine medical care and follow-up. If you notice any changes in your breasts, contact your health care provider.

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  • Greetings: daf1 Thank-you for this information.I heard about this maybe 3 or 4 months ago

    on T.V. and then I forgot about it and I didn't hear anything more until this information you

    provided. I now wonder how many women who have had these particular breast implants,

    came down with breast cancer or have died from their use. I never had breast reconstruction

    after having a lumpectomy and tissue removal, for many reasons: #1 My oncologist at the

    time said he was going to give me around a year to live, after the aggressive treatments he

    was going to put me through.#2 I have an Epi-Pen due to some adverse low,moderate and

    severe responses to allergens to just about everything . I had grand mall seizures to two

    different anesthesia's after both of my breast surgeries 10 years ago.#3 My last non cancer

    related surgery was 2 years ago, I was rollerskating and was hit from behind by a group of

    reckless young men, who were also rollerskating.I had to have a surgery to repair 5 breaks in

    my arm with screws and a plate insertion A-W-A-K-E .I had to have a Chief Surgeon and Chief

    Anesthesiologist conducting my operation.#4 I would have to have a breast reconstruction

    surgeon who would be willing to do the breast surgery with me awake. I have been

    researching fat transfer from my own body,where I wouldn't have to worry about rejection. I

    don't know if in the future I will have reconstruction,but for now I feel truly blessed to be

    here 10 years, after an oncologist said I had around a year to live. I am just so grateful to

    Dr/God to still be in the land of the living with no evidence of disease in my body. I have two

    different types of prosthesis that I wear with sports bras that nobody knows I have except

    those people I feel comfortable telling. God makes a way and gives us options.I pray that all

    of the women who have had this particular implant surgery, and those contemplating this

    surgery are made aware of this important information. To my sisters /warriors /over-comers

    and all you great moms out there God bless you all. Have a H-A-P-P-Y M-O-T-H-E-R-S D-A-Y-

    XoXoXoXoXoX

  • My, you certainly have gone through hell and back So many trials and tribulation to endure. I think that it is amazing that you got through all of this without loosing your faith Congratulations for bucking the odds and having the strength to make it through A very happy mothers day to you and many more to come

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