Our Breast Implant Cancer Attorneys Are Reviewing Breast Implant Cancer Claims Due to a Recent FDA Warning That States Breast Implants Can Cause Certain Cancers
For years, the scientific community has suspected a link between breast implants and a specific type of cancer. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed that individuals with breast implants have an increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma.
The attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP recognize that patients often feel helpless in the face of such a devasting diagnosis. We have long felt it is essential to empower our clients to take a stand against manufacturing corporations and seek the justice they deserve. By hiring Parker Waichman LLP to file a lawsuit for damages, our clients have found the resolutions they need to begin moving forward in their lives.
If you have breast implants and have been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or T-cell lymphoma, contact the offices of Parker Waichman LLP today. Our product liability attorneys will conduct a free case consultation with you to help you understand your potential options for legal recourse.
Breast Implants Associated with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and T-cell Lymphoma
In 2011, the FDA released a report indicating a potential association between anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and breast implants. In analyzing information collected from patients with and without breast implants, the agency identified a “small but increased risk” of developing ALCL in patients with breast implants.
ALCL is not cancer of the breasts but rather cancer of the immune system. It is a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma involving the abnormal production of T-cells. At the time of its 2011 report, the FDA was aware of 60 cases worldwide in which individuals with breast implants had developed ALCL. The FDA perceived a potential link between the two because of a pattern of manifestation — the cancer was usually located in the area immediately surrounding the implants.
In March 2018, the FDA issued additional information about the connection between breast implants and ALCL. In its communication, the agency recognized breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) as its own subtype of T-cell lymphoma or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This recognition was in step with action taken by the World Health Organization in 2016.
The FDA said that as of September 30, 2017, it had received 414 reports of BIA-ALCL, including nine reports of patient deaths. The highest incidence of BIA-ALCL was found in patients with textured-surface breast implants (242 out of 272 cases containing information about implant surface) filled with silicone (234 of 413 reports containing information about implant fill type). Patients with smooth-surface implants seemed to have a much lower risk of developing BIA-ALCL, while patients with saline-filled implants seemed to have a slightly lower risk. The FDA, therefore, encouraged patients and doctors to discuss the risks and benefits of textured versus smooth-surface implants before breast implant surgery.
June 19, 2019 – Allergan, a Manufacturer of Textured Breast Implants, Issues Voluntary Recall Following Adverse Decision by Healt Canada
According to an online news article published by www.newkerala.com, Allergan Canada, a global pharmaceutical and medical device company, issued a voluntary recall of its textured breast implants following an adverse ruling by Health Canada, the country’s regulatory agency.
Health Canada, the regulatory agency that governs the safety of drugs and medical devices (Canada’s version of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)), recently suspended the BIOCELL license for textured breast implants, forcing Allergan to issue a voluntary recall of its textured breast implants.
Health Canada’s decision follows reports that some women who have been implanted with textured implants manufactured by Allergan and other manufacturers subsequently developed Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
While Health Canada’s position is that there is no known cause of BIA-ALCL, the regulatory agency believes it is still essential to pull the BIOCELL license from the market as enough women have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL to raise concerns about a potential link between the textured breast implants and the disease.
The FDA, along with other similar regulatory agencies throughout the world, do not share the same view as Health Canada. As such, Allergan’s textured breast implants have not been recalled in the United States and many other countries.
Allergan believes the benefits of its textured breast implants outweigh the risks of choosing to have the product implanted. Allergan’s position is that doctors and patients need a variety of options for breast implants as each patient is unique and may require a specific type of breast implant. Additionally, many women rely on breast implants when they have undergone a medically necessary removal of their breasts (particularly in the case of treating and preventing breast cancer).
Allergan plans to appeal Health Canada’s decision, but until the appeals process is complete, Allergan has been forced to remove all of its textured breast implants from the Canadian market.
Symptoms of BIA-ALCL
Most patients are diagnosed with BIA-ALCL within seven or eight years of breast implant surgery. The cancer is usually found in the fibrous scar tissue or the effusion fluid surrounding the breast implant. Symptoms will usually include:
- Pain around the breast implant
- Swelling around the breast implant
- Evidence of a seroma or fluid buildup around the breast implant
- Swelling of the lymph nodes
- Loss of appetite
- Skin rash or unusual itching
Patients are usually diagnosed after presenting to their doctors with unexplained pain and swelling of the breasts, long after healing time has completed. Most cases of BIA-ALCL will require aggressive treatment, as cancer can quickly spread throughout the body. If not timely diagnosed and treated, and even with appropriate treatment, patients are at risk of death.
Parker Waichman LLP Pursuing Compensation for Victims
Our firm recognizes how frightened and betrayed you feel in finding out the breast implants that were supposed to be completely safe caused you to develop cancer. Some of our clients are even breast cancer survivors who developed BIA-ALCL after reconstruction surgery. Parker Waichman LLP is standing up for patients who feel like they have lost their voices and for families who have lost loved ones due to dangerous implants.
We know you are wondering if you have a potential legal case and how to begin pursuing justice for yourself and your family. We are available to provide you all the answers to your questions. When you work with our firm, your skilled attorney will listen to you with compassion and conduct a complete and thorough investigation of your case to ensure you understand all your options for recovery.
You deserve to be fully and justly compensated for the injuries you have suffered, just as the wrongdoers in your case deserve to be held accountable. Parker Waichman LLP can help you achieve the outcome that will allow you to regain some much-needed peace of mind. We understand we can never replace what you have truly lost, but we will fight to provide you a path toward an easier future.
Trusted Claims Processes with Proven Results
At Parker Waichman LLP, we have secured near-unparalleled results for our clients. Our attorneys have garnered more than $2 billion in compensation for victims and families, and we place our full dedication into every single case. When you’re a Parker Waichman LLP client, you are a valued member of our family, and we will show you the respect you deserve while fighting for the legal results you need.
We have a proven claims process that takes the stress away from our clients and produces meaningful returns. The first step of the process involves a case consultation with one of our experienced product liability lawyers. You and your lawyer will discuss the facts of your case and will determine whether we should move forward with an investigation. The case investigation includes the following steps:
- Creating a timeline of your implant surgery, symptom development, and medical treatment;
- Ordering medical records from your implant surgeries and any treatment or consultations you have received related to your breast implants;
- Ordering medical records documenting your diagnosis of BIA-ALCL or another type of lymphoma;
- Reviewing your case details with medical experts and breast implant experts, who will help us identify the strong and weak aspects of your case;
- Performing an analysis of the statute of limitations that applies to your claims to make sure we have enough time to file a case;
- Determining the best filing venue for your case;
- Talking to you about your filing options and creating a litigation strategy.
If we proceed to filing a lawsuit, we will seek damages on your behalf in the form of medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Throughout several decades, our clients have trusted us to achieve the compensation they need during some of the most traumatic times imaginable. We do not receive that trust lightly, and we fiercely advocate for our clients from start to finish. Contact us today to begin your own case process.
Parker Waichman LLP Provides Free Case Consultations
Parker Waichman LLP’s experienced Breast Implant Cancer Lawsuit Lawyers provide free consultations for all potential clients If you have undergone breast implant surgery and have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL, anaplastic large cell lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or T-cell lymphoma, contact our firm as soon as possible. Do not delay in hiring skilled counsel to represent you, as statutes of limitations apply in all cases and can prevent you from filing your claim in court.
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