If your body has developed lymphoma, you will require a doctor specialized in this area. Fortunately, good treatment is virtually always possible for early-stage disease. Consulting a cosmetic breast surgeon in Leeds who is familiar with breast implant lymphoma allows you to access the best treatments and remove the affected area and help the breast recover. Lymphoma around a breast implant occurs when certain lymphocytes are constantly stimulated to divide. This can become cancerous, and over time abnormal lymphocytes can invade the surrounding tissue and begin to spread. We have seen cases where patients feel the lymph nodes in their underarms as the first presenting feature, although it is more common for the breast to noticeably swell with a buildup of fluid around the implant. Sometimes a breast lump forms from the implant capsule itself.
We follow the UK guidelines for assessment, investigation, and treatment. Fluid around an implant should be sampled for cytology and CD30 tests. Any mass forming disease or abnormal node should have a biopsy. The implant and its surrounding scar tissue is then removed under a general anaesthetic, with a view to total en-bloc explantation and capsulectomy, so any complication can be avoided at the same time. With Philip Turton, you have a skilled and leading team of professionals for the surgery and after care. When a woman is diagnosed with Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, referring to Philip Turton for surgery in Leeds, UK, is a wise decision. You will be followed carefully and guided step-by-step guide through the right treatment.
Step-by-Step Guide for Anaplastic Lymphoma:
- After being diagnosed with BIA-ALCL, we will refer you for a PET/CT scan so we can have a clear idea of any disease that may spread further or throughout the body. For a patient who is recently diagnosed this is rarely an issue. Will be involving an oncologist for a complete evaluation of BIA-ALCL, staging of disease and treatment planning where required.
- For those who have BIA-ALCL only around the implant, surgery involves removing the implant and scar capsule around that area in its entirety. We use cutting-edge technology and have the skill set and experience to ensure safety and thoroughness, reducing your concerns prior to the surgery.
- Lumps in the armpit may be a concern that lymphoma might have spread to the lymph nodes or may still be a casual enlargement of the lymph nodes. Testing of the lymph nodes may be performed with a needle biopsy or with surgery to remove a lymph node for testing.
Additionally, tests like blood and bone marrow biopsies may be included. In the final consultation, you will be guided through the entire process and test procedure, and you can know what exactly is going to happen in the surgery. What the risks might be, and what type of complication can occur and how it would be managed. Also, you will be free to ask any questions. So, contact us for Breast Implant Lymphoma investigation or surgery in Leeds. Patients with the rarer advanced type of disease may require further treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy.