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Rare breast implant-related cancer reported in patient with buttock implants

A woman who received buttock implants developed the same rare form of cancer linked to breast implants, according to a case study published in the journal Aesthetic Surgery Journal. The woman received bilateral textured silicone gluteal implants. A year later, she developed ulceration at the site of the implants and soon after was diagnosed with gluteal implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), according to the case report. “As far as we are aware, this is the first reported case of ALCL that may be associated with textured gluteal implants,” Dr. Joseph Carey, assistant professor of clinical surgery at the Keck ... Read More

French officials call for ban of Allergan texture breast implants

French health regulators are calling for a ban of Allergan’s textured breast implants, and cautioning doctors and patients about texture implants from other manufacturers. The implants are associated with an increased risk for a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Textured implants makeup about 85 percent of the implants used for cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgeries in France. The National Agency for Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) recommendation comes after two days of testimony during a public hearing about the safety concerns with the breast implants, and days after the U.S. Food ... Read More

Breast implant-associated cancer linked to J&J product

A woman is suing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Mentor Worldwide LLC alleging the company’s MemoryGel Siltex breast implants caused her to develop a rare form of cancer. Renee Cashen filed the lawsuit in New Jersey state court alleging Mentor failed to properly comply with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s requirements to collect data to track the long-term safety of the implants. She claims her breast implants caused her rare form of cancer, breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare form of T-cell lymphoma. She underwent surgery to remove the implants as well as six infected lymph nodes, followed by ... Read More

More cases of cancer linked to breast implants

More cases of an unusual cancer associated with breast implants have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration, the agency said in a Safety Communication. Since last year, the number of reports of breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) has increased from 359 to 414 cases. The number of deaths remains at nine, though the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a professional society of plastic surgeons, reports 16 deaths from this malignancy of the immune system. The agency once called the cancer rare, but now says the odds of it occurring in women with textured beast implants is ... Read More

Breast implant-associated cancer more common than reported

A new study backs what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted consumers to last year – that breast implants are associated with a small increased risk of rare type of cancer. But the study suggests the risk is higher than reported. The study, published in JAMA Oncology, found that about one in 7,000 women with breast implants develop a rare form of lymphoma called breast implant-associated anapestic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. The cancer develops in a capsule of tissue and fluid that forms around the implant. It’s a slow-growing cancer, with the median diagnosis occurring 13 years after implant ... Read More

Rare cancer, deaths linked to breast implants

More than 350 reports of rare cancer and nine deaths have been have been linked to breast implants, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The cancer, called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell ymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, was designated by the World Health Organization and recently confirmed by the FDA. ALCL is not breast cancer. It is a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, BIA-ALCL is even more rare. When it is identified, it is most frequently found in patients who have undergone implant revision operations for late onset, persistent serum, a collection of fluid that builds up under the surface of ... Read More

Breast implants linked to rare form of lymphoma

Breast implants have been linked to a rare form of cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a designation established by the World Health Organization, which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it agrees with. “At this time, most data suggests that BIA-ALCL occurs more frequently following implantation of breast implants with textured surfaces rather than those with smooth surfaces,” the FDA said in a Safety Communication. ALCL is a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. BIA-ALCL is even more rare. When it does occur, it has been identified most frequently in patients who have undergone implant revision ... Read More

Photographer/advocate calls for ban on breast implants due to health risks

Photographer/curator Nancy Pratt wants women of all ages to love their bodies – especially their breasts – and encourages them to see their breasts in a new way through the Celebrate Your Breasts Project. The goal is to share the pain and problems that women of various ages, including Pratt, have endured due to breast implants. The project involves professional photographs of women from her small Canadian community with their chests bare but painted on by artists, highlighting the beauty of their bodies. The models included women from their teens to their 70s, a few sympathetic men, and a three-generation ... Read More

Contaminated breast implants linked to rare form of cancer

Silicone-filled and saline-filled breast implants contaminated with bacteria may increase the risk of a rare type of cancer, according to researchers with Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre in Australia. Plastic surgeons have known that the most common complication with breast augmentation, capsular contracture, is often caused by infections acquired during surgery. Contracture occurs when the scar tissue around the implant hardens causing physical deformity and pain. But the new research is the first to link infected implants to Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or ALCL. “This chronic irritation goes on and on, and over a period of time, it stimulates the ... Read More

Supermodel believes breast implants impacted her cancer diagnosis

When supermodel Janice Dickinson, 61, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer and learned that her breast implants could make detecting abnormalities in breast tissue more difficult, she insisted on having hers removed. “Take them out! Take them out, cut them out! Just take them out now!” Dickinson said she told her doctor. Asked if she had known the risk, “I would have never gotten breast implants in the first place,” she said. Dickinson underwent surgery to have her tumor and breast implants removed. She did not need a mastectomy but will have to undergo radiation therapy. She says she ... Read More