BIA-ALCL Lymphoma ~ Breast Implant Cancer

Yes, you can get cancer from your breast implants

BIA-ALCL stands for Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.

**Please know that most cases of BIA-ALCL have a favorable outcome as long as they are treated early.  Educating yourself is so important, knowledge is power.  Find out about the treatments available to you and ask what you need to know about the process of healing.**

I was personally shocked when the FDA admitted that cancer can be caused by breast implants.  How in the whole wide world did an organization meant to protect citizens of the United States of America let a medical device that causes cancer still be implanted in women.  It blows my mind and makes me so angry.  

Millions of women have suffered becasue of this.  Especially those of us who are most vulnerable, breast cancer survivors.  Take a moment to think about the ramifications of that.

The first known case of lymphyoma due to implants, BIA-ALCL, was repoerted in 1997.  Today, March 2019 there are 688 known confirmed cases and 16 known deaths.  The vast majority of doctors and surgeons are not aware of the identification and testing for BIA-ALCL, because of this fact the number of BIA-ALCL cases is probably much higher.  

Advancements and identification of this cancer can move forward if the CD30 test is made available to all women with breast implants who have symptoms.

Common Breast Implant Cancer Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Breast Enlargement
  • Lumps in the Breast or Armpit
  • Breast Asymmetry or Changes in Appearance
  • Skin Rash
  • Hardening of the Breast
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss or Difficulty Losing Weight
  • Formation of a Seroma   (A seroma is a small pocket of fluid that sometimes develops near the point of surgery. If the fluid buildup develops more than a year after surgery, it is important to get the fluid tested.)

Breast Implant Cancer Advocates have this to say about BIA-ALCL

All Breast Implants Put Women at Slightly Increased Risk

"Although breast implant-associated ALCL is very rare, any woman who had breast implant surgery is considered to be “at risk.” This is due to the fact that women have developed the cancer after both cosmetic and reconstructive implant procedures with both silicone-gel-filled and saline-filled implants. As of now, there is not enough data to determine whether the type of implant fill is a risk factor for developing breast implant cancer."

"The surface of the implant shell, however, does matter. According to the FDA, textured implants have a much higher incidence rate associated with BIA-ALCL than do smooth-surfaced implants. The exact reasons why are still being determined by doctors and researchers."

"Currently, there is no definitive way to test if someone is at increased risk of developing cancer as a result of their breast implants. So, despite the rarity of BIA-ALCL, any woman who had breast implant surgery should be aware of the risk. If it is caught early, the cancer can usually be treated successfully by a complete removal of the implant and its surrounding tissue."

Learn more abvout the treatment of BIA-ALCL here:

BIA-ALCL FaceBook Groups 

My hope is you find the support you need in these groups.

ALCL in Women with Breast Implants BIA-ALCL

Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma



Breast Implant Associated ALCL Awareness

My Journey with Breast Implant Illness and Recovery After Explant

Recent announcements and information directly from the FDA on BIA-ALCL:

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ current information on BIA-ALCL:

BIA-ALCL Websites

Other Helpful Websites

Healing Breast Implant Illness

BIA-ALCL Breast Implant Associated ALCL

BIA-ALCL Breast Implant Associated ALCL

What is BIA-ALCL lymphoma

BIA-ALCL- Breast Implant Associated anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma 

is a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer of the immune system). 

It is one of four sub-types of ALCL which has been found in association with breast implants. This sub-type is always both CD30 positive and ALK negative.

In most cases, BIA-ALCL is found in the scar tissue and fluid near the implant, but in some cases, it can spread throughout the body.

Individuals with breast implants have a risk of developing breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. 

BIA-ALCL consists of a spectrum of disease stages that range from an indolent CD30+ fluid effusion within the capsule, to capsular tumors, to lymph node involvement and rarely distant metastases. 

BIA-ALCL is not considered benign at any stage. 

*Lymph cells are part of the body's immune system that helps to protect and rid the body from noxious agents. A lymphoma is cancer of the lymph system. Lymph nodes are glands in many locations in the body that are part of the lymph system.