ALCL - Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma >>
This is a rare type of Non Hodgkin lymphoma, a T-cell lymphoma instead of B- cell lymphoma, and has been associated with breast implants.
Women with silicone - or saline implants have an increased risk of ALCL. It is not breast cancer, but cancer of the immune system.
When should you think of ALCL?
Asymmetry of breasts
The implants should be removed. (asap)
Then usually followed by chemotherapy CHOP and / or radiation.
What is wrong?
Plastic surgery has difficulty accepting the relation to breast implants.
Underestimation of ALCL occurence: According medical science there are 173 patients worldwide with aggressive ALCL and potentioal mortalities >> but according to the French Cancer Institute there are about 1-2 per 100,000 women with ALCL due to implants >>
The lack of routine pathology examination of seroma or excised tissue can result in an underestimation of ALCL occurrence.>>
Lack of communication. We've noticed that worldwide not all health care professionals are aware of the existence of BIA-ALCL. BIA = Breast Implant Associated
In the 90s, there has been much attention in the medical literature about the reaction of silicone on T cells. >>