FDA Affirms Lymphoma Link to Breast Implants

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it received reports of at least nine deaths and more than 350 cases of a rare blood cancer that's been linked to breast implants.

The FDA just announced the breast implants can lead to a rare type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The surfaces of the textured implants are created to allow tissue to grow around the interstices of the implant surface, explains Dhivya Srinivasa, a plastic surgery resident at the University of MI and the lead author on a recent review of data on breast implant-associated ALCL worldwide. ALCL appears to be more common in women whose implants have a textured-rather than smooth-surface, according to Medscape.

As of February 1, 2017, the FDA received 359 reports of breast implant-linked ALCL and nine deaths tied to the cancer.

"Breast implants approved in the USA can be filled with either saline or with silicone gel".

To improve our understanding of this rare finding, please continue to report all confirmed cases of ALCL in women with breast implants, with as much detail as possible, through FDA's MedWatch Program.

A possible association between breast implants and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) was first identified in 2011 but at the time few cases had been recorded. "Of these, 203 were reported to be textured implants and 28 reported to be smooth implants." the statement said.

The most notable difference between the two types of implants is related to the severity of symptoms in case of implant rupture.

Its recommendation to healthcare providers is to continue to proved patients with breast implants with "routine care and support".

It's usually diagnosed after a patient reports pain and swelling. If you already have breast implants, there is no need to change your routine medical care and follow-up.

The agency advised patients to discuss the risks and benefits associated with breast implants, particularly devices with textured surfaces, with a surgeon or primary provider before deciding to undergo an implant procedure.

"Follow your doctor's instructions on how to monitor your breast implants".

In this week's Ask the Doctor segment, we are talking about breast implants and cancer.

Women choose to get receive breast implants for multiple reasons, including to replace tissue removed as a result of breast cancer or during cosmetic surgery to make breasts larger or change their shape. Based on the data provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 109,000 females received these implants for reconstruction after combating breast cancer.