Advice for patients with textured breast implants and tissue expanders

A rare form of cancer can occur in people with ‘textured’ breast implants. It is called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). 

BIA-ALCL is a slow-growing cancer also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is not a breast cancer. It is a cancer of the immune system.

BIA-ALCL usually takes an average of 8 years to develop after the implant but this can range from 1 to 20 plus years. When diagnosed and treated early it has a very good recovery rate.

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Last updated on: 09 / 10 / 2019