Implants: News about recalls from Allergan

Posted by huey @huey, Feb 8, 2019

Hi Huey,
Given the recent alerts and new articles, I can imagine your concern about breast implants and the development of breast-implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), an uncommon cancer of the immune system.

Here are some evidence-based articles to help you unpack the media information:
– Is there any connection between breast implants and cancer? And if so, how serious is the risk? https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/expert-answers/breast-implants-and-cancer/faq-20057774 by Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., Mayo Clinic expert
– Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/BreastImplants/ucm239995.htm FDA Report
– Breast Implants Have Been Linked to a Rare Cancer in Even More Cases https://www.sciencealert.com/more-cancer-cases-have-now-been-linked-to-breast-implants-reports-fda Science Alert

Here are some of the key points:
– The exact nature of the link between implants and ALCL, or even if the relationship is strictly causative, is yet to be convincingly established.
– While research continues to dig further for answers, health organisations are calling for caution.
– Not all implants seem to carry the same risks.

@huey, do you have implants? Have you talked to your surgeon about them?

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Yes, I have implants and will talk to my surgeon at my next appt

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@huey

Yes, I have implants and will talk to my surgeon at my next appt

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Hi I to had breast implants for 23years I got very sick fungus infection c-diff pain in lymph nodes bacteria infection the list goes on I explained 10 days ago on the road to recovery this illness is silent

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@gina1963

Hi I to had breast implants for 23years I got very sick fungus infection c-diff pain in lymph nodes bacteria infection the list goes on I explained 10 days ago on the road to recovery this illness is silent

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Hi, did you have them removed?

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@conniep79

Hi, did you have them removed?

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Yes 10 days ago I

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Has anyone dealt with the Allergan recalled implant? Did you opt to remove it or are you in a wait and see holding pattern?
Kind of dreading another surgery, but also don't want to contract the llymphoma which I now am at risk of developing.

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@cindy1ann

Has anyone dealt with the Allergan recalled implant? Did you opt to remove it or are you in a wait and see holding pattern?
Kind of dreading another surgery, but also don't want to contract the llymphoma which I now am at risk of developing.

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Hi @cindy1ann, welcome to the Breast Cancer group. I can understand your quandary of deciding whether or not to remove the implant or wait and see. You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion about the Allergan recall "Implants: News about recalls from Allergan." I did this so you can connect with @huey @gina1963 @conniep79 and others who have faced the same dilemma.

According to the June 2020 FDA safety communication (https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/fda-requests-allergan-voluntarily-recall-natrelle-biocell-textured-breast-implants-and-tissue), they suggest:
"If you have no symptoms, we are not recommending the removal of these or other types of breast implants due to the low risk of developing BIA-ALCL. However, if you have any questions, talk to your health care provider."

Have you talked about the potential risk specifically to you with your oncologist?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @cindy1ann, welcome to the Breast Cancer group. I can understand your quandary of deciding whether or not to remove the implant or wait and see. You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion about the Allergan recall "Implants: News about recalls from Allergan." I did this so you can connect with @huey @gina1963 @conniep79 and others who have faced the same dilemma.

According to the June 2020 FDA safety communication (https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/fda-requests-allergan-voluntarily-recall-natrelle-biocell-textured-breast-implants-and-tissue), they suggest:
"If you have no symptoms, we are not recommending the removal of these or other types of breast implants due to the low risk of developing BIA-ALCL. However, if you have any questions, talk to your health care provider."

Have you talked about the potential risk specifically to you with your oncologist?

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Thank you for directing me to the correct group for my concern.
I am following up with my Mayo Clinic providers in the Breast cancer area and the Plastic surgery clinic as well annually.
I was not so concerned when I first heard of the recall on my implant but am now looking into this issue a bit more. I want a long and healthy life in my retirement years. Thought others with this issue may have weighed in on their decisions to wait and see or prophylactically replace the implant.

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