Entries in lymphoma (2)


Mastectomy Patients Fear Another Cancer Diagnosis after Implants

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that saline and silicone implants may be linked to anaplastic large cell lymphoma -- a rare but aggressive form of lymphoma -- plastic surgeons nationwide have been bombarded with calls and e-mails from worried patients.

"In some ways, I think this can be seen as positive when these reports come out because it heightens awareness of all cancers, period. And that's a good thing," said Dr. David Song, vice chair of surgery and chief of plastic surgery at the University of Chicago, who has spoken to many of his patients about the report. "But patients should not panic. We're talking about a very, very rare form of cancer."

Although most women get breast implants for cosmetic reasons, about 57,000 women in the U.S. have had reconstructive breast implantation according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

"I think if you look at the positives of reconstructive breast implantation compared to the possible negative of this extremely rare cancer, the positives are overwhelmingly striking," Song said. "It can restore a sense of self, a sense of femininity, a sense of normalcy that many women feel breast cancer robbed them of."

Song added that 34 to 60 patients in 10 million women with implants got this form of lymphoma. "I think right now it's in the forefront of people's minds because of the media coverage, but we need to make sure people understand the reality of the stats," he said.

Song said the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is working closely with the FDA to investigate the link.

"It is such an exceptionally rare occurrence. But at the same time, it gives us pause to make sure we're doing the right thing for all our patients," Song said. "It's important to get the word out for all surgeons to be on the lookout for this. And I think patients should discuss this with their physicians, who should maintain the current vigilance for detecting cancer."

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FDA Investigates Link Between Breast Implants and Cancer

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/U.S. Food and Drug Administration(WASHINGTON) -- A warning came Wednesday from the Food and Drug Administration about breast implants and a possible link to a rare cancer.

The warning involves both saline and silicone breast implants. The government says there may be a link between the implants and a rare form of lymphoma.  They say it appears women with implants may have a small, but significant risk of developing this cancer in scar tissue alongside the implants. 

The FDA is not urging women with implants to take them out, or change their medical care, but is telling doctors and patients to be on the lookout and report any possible cases of this cancer. ´╗┐

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