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WHAT BREAST IMPLANT CANCER IS USED FOR?

Today, there are two types of breast implants commonly used for mammaplasty, breast reconstruction, and breast augmentation procedures: saline implant filled with sterile saline solution.silicone implant filled with viscous silicone gel.

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HOW BREAST IMPLANT CANCER WORKS?

Breast augmentation surgery can be a very simple or very complex procedure. After pre-operative preparation, the surgery starts by cutting one incision into the patient for each implant. The incisions are small and placed so that the scarring is minimal and hard to see

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SYMPTOMS & SIDE EFFECTS OF BREAST IMPLANT CANCER

Continuous swelling or pain around your breast implant, which may occur long after a surgical incision has healed or many years after implants are inserted.

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LATEST BREAST IMPLANT CANCER NEWS & RECALLS

A suit filed on February 2, 2017 by Rexine Mize of Los Angeles, CA alleges she suffered severe pain, nausea, skin rashes and fatigue due to leaks in her silicone breast implants made by Mentor and Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Mize claims the company failed to properly test the risks of leaks as required by the government.

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LAWSUITS & SETTLEMENTS

The breast implant industry, worth nearly $650 million each year, has been linked with health concerns for decades. In 2006, the FDA lifted a 14-year ban on many of these devices, and companies have increased sales since.

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LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Lawyers are now pursuing lawsuits against several breast implant manufacturers due to their failure to properly identify the cancer dangers or warn patients. These cases are likely to be consolidated in special courts, therefore, it is important to select a lawyer with substantial experience in mass tort defective device litigation.

What BREAST IMPLANT CANCER Is Used For?

Today, there are two types of breast implants commonly used for mammaplasty, breast reconstruction, and breast augmentation procedures: saline implant filled with sterile saline solution.silicone implant filled with viscous silicone gel.

HOW BREAST IMPLANT CANCER WORKS?

Breast augmentation surgery can be a very simple or very complex procedure. After pre-operative preparation, the surgery starts by cutting one incision into the patient for each implant. The incisions are small and placed so that the scarring is minimal and hard to see. Once the incision is created, the surgeon must cut a path through the tissue to the final destination of the implant. Sizers used to test implant placement and size during augmentation surgery. After pre-operative preparation, the surgery starts by cutting one incision into the patient for each implant.

Once that path has been created, the tissue and/or muscle (depending on placement) must be separated to create a pocket for the implant. This is where the surgeon’s skill really comes into play: When deciding where to cut the pocket in the breast, the surgeon must predict what the breasts will look like once the implants are filled. In more extreme augmentation surgeries, this involves repositioning the nipple, adjusting for cleavage and creating a new crease under the breast.

SYMPTOMS & SIDE EFFECTS OF BREAST IMPLANT CANCER

Continuous swelling or pain around your breast implant, which may occur long after a surgical incision has healed or many years after implants are inserted.

Fluid collection around your breast implant.

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Capsular contracture, which is a lump under your skin or thick scar tissue around the infection, other complications associated with breast implants may occur.

Early symptoms and side effects include:

  • bruising
  • bleeding
  • blood clots
  • skin necrosis
  • slowed wound healing
  • scar tissue buildup (capsular contracture)
  • implant deflation and rupture
  • change in breast shape, volume, or sensationp
  • thinning of your breast tissue and skin
  • calcium deposits
  • breast discomfort
  • nipple discharge
  • dropping or bottoming out of the implant

On March 21, 2017 the FDA issued a new warning about breast implants and the dangerous link to a rare form or cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). The risk was first identified in 2011, but the agency cited the need for more information at that time before it could characterize the disease.

FDA Breast Implant Warnings

The FDA stated the new warning came after it received more than 350 reports of ALCL diagnosis, and 9 deaths, among breast implant patients in recent years. However, they cautioned that the overall risk is still rare, since more than 300,000 women undergo breast augmentation surgery each year.

The reported cases of ALCL were more common in those with textured implants, as well as those with silicone implants, but was present in smooth and saline-filled versions as well.

ALCL Symptoms

Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma characterized by the rapid multiplying of abnormal white blood cells. Despite being located around the breasts, it is not breast cancer.

The current risk is estimated to be 1 in 30,000 for those in the U.S. and Europe with breast implants, and as high as 1 in 1,000 for those in Australia and New Zealand.

ALCL can take approximately 8-10 years to develop after breast augmentation. Unlike normal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, however, which concentrates in the neck, armpits or groin, ALCL typically remains in the area of the implant.

The World Health Organization and FDA have stated ALCL is highly treatable if discovered early. Left untreated, however, it can spread quickly with fatal results. ALCL is usually treated by removing the affected implant and capsule, as well as chemotherapy or radiation in some cases.

The symptoms of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) include:

  • Breast pain
  • Swollen breast
  • Lumps on the breast
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes.

While the FDA says women with breast implants do not need to change their medical care, they should monitor for and report any symptoms to their doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are patients filing lawsuits against breast implant manufacturers?

The breast implant industry, worth nearly $650 million each year, has been linked with health concerns for decades. In 2006, the FDA lifted a 14-year ban on many of these devices, and companies have increased sales since.

Doctors first identified a link between breast implants and ALCL cancer in 1997. In 2011, the FDA and World Health Organization identified a more definite risk. However, none of the products have been recalled since that time.

The treatment costs, pain and health risks of cancer such as anaplastic large cell lymphoma can be substantial for those affected.

Due to the manufacturers’ continued sales of these dangerous products, and failure to properly warn patients of the risks, they are liable to those affected. Lawyers are currently helping those diagnosed with ALCL file lawsuits.

2. How do you qualify for a breast implant cancer lawsuit?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) after undergoing breast implant surgery, or survivors of someone who has died from the disease, may qualify.

In both cases, potential claimants should learn their legal options as soon as possible before the expiration of their statute of limitations. Those who qualify may be entitled to substantial compensation. A lawyer can review your case and find out if you qualify at no cost to you. Contact DrugNews today in order to speak directly with a lawyer.

3. Is there a breast implant cancer class action lawsuit?

No. So far, no one has filed a class action lawsuit for breast implant cancer. Instead, lawyers are filing individual cases for those injured in different court districts. Since the FDA warning could affect thousand of patients, a large number of claims are expected.

Lawyers expect hundreds or even thousands of women who have been diagnosed with ALCL may come forward to file lawsuits. In this case, the claims are usually moved to one dedicated court venue, called a multidistrict litigation (MDL) court, for faster handling.

MDL courts have many of the benefits of class action lawsuits, without binding plaintiffs to one law firm that they didn’t choose. Also, victims can make more decisions on their individual cases, and often receive more compensation than participants in a class action.

4. How much are breast implant cancer lawsuits worth?

Like any lawsuit, the value of each breast implant lawsuit is different. It can depend on many factors like the stage of cancer, the extent and duration of treatment needed, the patient’s age, whether surgery, chemotherapy or radiation is necessary, and whether they pass away.

Based on the severity and risk of death associated with any cancer, lawyers expect these lawsuits will seek compensation into the millions of dollars in some cases.

5. How long does it take to file a breast implant cancer lawsuit? What is involved?

Finding out if you qualify and filing a claim is much easier than you may expect. You can contact DrugNews by live chat, email or phone, and be talking to a lawyer today at no cost. They will ask a few simple questions to see if your case qualifies for further investigation.

After you have agreed to let a lawyer specializing in breast implant litigation represent you, they will obtain your medical records and other pieces of evidence to file a lawsuit. The time to prepare your case for trial or settlement can take 12-24 months, and is subject to dates set by the court.

However, your lawyer will in most cases appear for you so no travel is necessary. And, there is no cost to you unless you receive compensation.

LATEST BREAST IMPLANT CANCER NEWS & RECALLS

A Detailed Look

Lawsuits against makers of breast implants.

Mize v. Mentor Worldwide, et al, Case No. BC-649083, California Superior Court (Los Angeles)

A suit filed on February 2, 2017 by Rexine Mize of Los Angeles, CA alleges she suffered severe pain, nausea, skin rashes and fatigue due to leaks in her silicone breast impants made by Mentor and Johnson & Johnson.

Ms. Mize claims the company failed to properly test the risks of leaks as required by the government.

Ebrahimi v. Mentor Worldwide, et al., United States District Court (San Francisco)

This lawsuit was filed in September of 2016 by Sara Ebrahimi, a resident of Seattle who claims her MemoryGel silicone breast implants made by Mentor and Johnson & Johnson caused her skin rashes, extreme fatigue and metallic poisoning in her bloodstream.

The suit claims the silicone from the implants leaked into the patient’s bloodstream.

Class Action v. Dow Corning Corporation

In 1992, the Dow Corning Corporation, facing public and governmental pressure, discontinued 5 models of its silicone-based breast implants. However, they continued producing 45 other silicone medical products. Dow eventually faced over 200,000 lawsuits alleging sickness from breast implants. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1995.

Breast Implant Lawsuit Update

Latest news on cancer related to breast implants.

Breast Implant Brands

It is estimated that worldwide, there are between 5 and 10 million women with breast implants. At present, there are around 13 companies that supply this multi-billion dollar market. In the United States, the majority of implants are sold by Allergan, Mentor and Sientra.

Other breast implant brands include:

  • Allergan
  • Arion Laboratories
  • Cereplas
  • Establishment Labs
  • GC Aesthetics
  • Groupe Sebbin
  • Guangzhou Wanhe
  • Hans Biomed
  • Ideal Implant
  • Mentor (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Polytech
  • Sientra
  • Silimed.

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Lawsuits & Settlements

1. Why are patients filing lawsuits against breast implant manufacturers?

The breast implant industry, worth nearly $650 million each year, has been linked with health concerns for decades. In 2006, the FDA lifted a 14-year ban on many of these devices, and companies have increased sales since.

Read More

Doctors first identified a link between breast implants and ALCL cancer in 1997. In 2011, the FDA and World Health Organization identified a more definite risk. However, none of the products have been recalled since that time.

The treatment costs, pain and health risks of cancer such as anaplastic large cell lymphoma can be substantial for those affected.

Due to the manufacturers’ continued sales of these dangerous products, and failure to properly warn patients of the risks, they are liable to those affected. Lawyers are currently helping those diagnosed with ALCL file lawsuits.

2. How do you qualify for a breast implant cancer lawsuit?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) after undergoing breast implant surgery, or survivors of someone who has died from the disease, may qualify.

Read More

In both cases, potential claimants should learn their legal options as soon as possible before the expiration of their statute of limitations. Those who qualify may be entitled to substantial compensation. A lawyer can review your case and find out if you qualify at no cost to you. Contact DrugNews today in order to speak directly with a lawyer.

3. Is there a breast implant cancer class action lawsuit?

No. So far, no one has filed a class action lawsuit for breast implant cancer. Instead, lawyers are filing individual cases for those injured in different court districts. Since the FDA warning could affect thousand of patients, a large number of claims are expected.

Read More

Lawyers expect hundreds or even thousands of women who have been diagnosed with ALCL may come forward to file lawsuits. In this case, the claims are usually moved to one dedicated court venue, called a multidistrict litigation (MDL) court, for faster handling.

MDL courts have many of the benefits of class action lawsuits, without binding plaintiffs to one law firm that they didn’t choose. Also, victims can make more decisions on their individual cases, and often receive more compensation than participants in a class action.

4. How much are breast implant cancer lawsuits worth?

Like any lawsuit, the value of each breast implant lawsuit is different. It can depend on many factors like the stage of cancer, the extent and duration of treatment needed, the patient’s age, whether surgery, chemotherapy or radiation is necessary, and whether they pass away.

Read More

Based on the severity and risk of death associated with any cancer, lawyers expect these lawsuits will seek compensation into the millions of dollars in some cases.

5. How long does it take to file a breast implant cancer lawsuit? What is involved?

Finding out if you qualify and filing a claim is much easier than you may expect. You can contact us by live chat, email or phone, and be talking to a lawyer today at no cost. They will ask a few simple questions to see if your case qualifies for further investigation.

Read More

After you have agreed to let a lawyer specializing in breast implant litigation represent you, they will obtain your medical records and other pieces of evidence to file a lawsuit. The time to prepare your case for trial or settlement can take 12-24 months, and is subject to dates set by the court.

However, your lawyer will in most cases appear for you so no travel is necessary. And, there is no cost to you unless you receive compensation.