Breast Implant Associated Lymphoma is not a new entity and remains a relatively rare phenomenon. But it made the headlines this week due to a recent FDA advisory meeting that may trigger more research and future changes in clinical management. But until then, the bottom line:
If you have breast implants, there is no need to change your routine medical care and follow-up. You should expect swelling and pain immediately after surgery. If you notice changes in the way your breast looks or feels after you recover from surgery—including swelling or pain around the implant—be sure to talk to your health care provider about the possibility of BIA-ALCL. Although not specific to BIA-ALCL, you should follow standard medical recommendations including:
– Follow your doctor’s instructions on how to monitor your breast implants. If you notice any changes, contact your health care provider promptly to schedule an appointment.
– Follow your doctor’s instructions for routine mammography screening. Be sure to inform the mammography facility that you have breast implants so enough time is scheduled for your mammogram. Your doctor may also recommend other tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).FDA
This link may also be helpful: FDA’s FAQ.