My Allergan textured implants gave me CANCER (ALCL) & now I must remove them. Can I put new ones in down the road? When? (Photo)
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ALCL and breast implants
ALCL can be very limited condition or it can be more aggressive. Diagnosis is made by examining the Breast Capsule, and or seroma fluid. One needs to ask the pathologist to stain specifically for ALCL and cell type T. cell.
PET scan, MRI are done to evaluate distant spread. Need the participation of an oncologist, plastic surgeon and pathologist to determine the best mode of therapy.
Complete capsulectomy is recommended. It can be limited to the capsule or the pericapsular tissue can be involved. Treatment is geared accordingly. And further re-implantation depends on the proper diagnosis and the treatment.
There are about 31 cases word wide, recent article discusses the treatment and follow up and outcomes.