Textured breast implants manufactured by Allergan can lead to women having a higher risk of developing a rare form of cancer. These breast implants have faced a recall by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and they are no longer being implanted into women due to the risks they pose. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, our qualified and experienced team is ready to help if you or a loved one have used Allergan textured breast implants and subsequently been diagnosed with cancer. Let us investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
The FDA recalled BIOCELL textured breast implants manufactured by Allergan in 2019. On June 1, 2020, Allergan launched a dedicated multi-channel campaign in an effort to contact patients who may not be aware of this recall.
This recall was necessary after research showed that those who have these implants have a higher risk of contracting breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
BIA-ALCL is considered an extra-nodal T-cell lymphoma that develops in the fluid and scar tissue adjacent to the actual breast implants. Doctors and researchers have reported that this cancer will typically present as a seroma around 8 to 10 years after the initial placement of the implant. Doctors have said that anyone with Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants should ask their doctors to be on the lookout for the following:
A 2016 study has shown that the overall three- and five-year survival rate for BIA-ALCL is 94% and 91%, but only if proper treatment is rendered. If cancer is detected and confirmed, the usual course of treatment is the removal of the breast implants. In some cases, patients will require chemotherapy or radiation treatment in order to make a full recovery.
The FDA does not issue recalls lightly, and they did so after they received reports of 573 unique BIA-ALCL cases, including 33 patient deaths. Out of those unique cases, 418 were reported to have been Allergan breast implants.
If you or somebody you care about has been diagnosed with breast cancer after having Allergan textured breast implants placed into your body, please contact the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg today. Our compassionate and experienced team is ready to conduct a full investigation into your case so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include the following: