The FDA announced on March 21st that a link has been discovered between breast implants and ALCL, an extremely rare form of cancer. Occurring in approximately 0.01% of women who have undergone breast augmentation, this type of cancer is marked by swelling of the lymph nodes, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, and backache – all issues that should be brought to the attention of board-certified Orlando plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Greenberg should they occur following placement of your implants. When caught in its earliest stages, ALCL is often treatable simply by removing the breast implant and surrounding capsule, though some case may require chemotherapy or radiation therapy to fully treat.
There are risks associated with any plastic surgery procedure. Risks of developing ALCL following breast augmentation is among them, but is so rare as to hardly warrant a mention. However, because we believe that women deserve to have full information about the risks and benefits of their chosen procedure, Dr. Greenberg will be happy to discuss, openly and honestly, ALCL and all other potential complications during your initial consultation. Having this information allows you to make the decision you feel is best for your body, your needs, and your life.
Is it possible to develop cancer following breast augmentation? Yes. Is it likely? No. This doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be a consideration, particularly for women with a family history of rare cancers. During your initial consultation Dr. Greenberg will review your medical history, discuss the risks and benefits of breast augmentation, and help you determine if the procedure is a good fit for your needs.
To schedule your breast augmentation consultation at our Winter Park, Florida plastic surgery office, please contact Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center today. Dr. Greenberg serves the city of Orlando and all surrounding areas.