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Dozens More Lymphoma Cases Linked to Breast Implants: FDA Warning

Nearly 500 women with textured breast implants have been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a deadly cancer found almost exclusively in breast implant recipients, FDA warned on Wednesday.

February 7, 2019 – At least 457 women in the U.S. have been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, FDA said in its warning. Of these, 9 died as a result of complications from the disease. ALCL is a rare cancer that affects cells in the immune system, and can be found around the breast implant.

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What’s the problem?

FDA first warned about the risk of lymphoma with breast implants in 2011, saying there was a small but significant risk of developing the cancer after getting breast implants. It asked doctors whether they’d noticed changes in their patients and urged women to check for symptoms such as fluid buildup or a mass around their implants

“We hope that this information prompts providers and patients to have important, informed conversations about breast implants,” FDA said.

Along with its most recent warning, FDA also issued a separate letter to medical professionals discussing the link between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

“We want all healthcare providers to be aware … particularly in patients with new swelling, lumps, or pain around breast implants, to expedite diagnosis of this malignancy,” the agency said. “We are also asking health care providers to report to the FDA cases of Breast Implant Associated – Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. (BIA-ALCL) in patients with breast implants. This includes reporting individual cases as well as rates you may have experienced during your practice.”

Most cases of ALCL occurred in women who had received implants with textured surfaces, rather than smooth surfaces. The cancer is slow-growing and treatable when diagnosed early.

“When breast implants are placed in the body, they are inserted behind the breast tissue or under the chest muscle,” FDA said.

Most people are diagnosed with ALCL at an advanced stage (stage 3 or 4), which means the cancer has likely spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms depend on the stage of the disease, but in general consist of:

  • Swollen lymph nodes (glands)
  • Fevers
  • Night sweats
  • Weight loss

Do I Have a Breast Implants Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in breast implant lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma after receiving breast implants, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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