5 November 2018

Discussing the news that women are not being warned about the risk of developing Breast Implant Associated - Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) after breast reconstruction surgery, Rachel Rawson, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, says:

“After a life-changing breast cancer diagnosis, reconstruction can help many women feel more like themselves again, so then being diagnosed with BIA-ALCL as a result of an implant is utterly heart-breaking.  

“We hear from the very few women blindsided by this disease that it makes long term recovery after breast cancer even more difficult, dramatically increasing feelings of anxiety, isolation and abandonment, and there’s often no support because it’s so rare. It can also reduce body confidence to an all-time low, sometimes taking away the option of having a reconstructed breast again forever.  

“While this should not put women off having breast reconstruction if they choose – BIA-ALCL affects roughly just 1 in 28,000 – it is vital they are warned about the risk by surgeons.”

For further information, please contact:

Georgia Tilley, Press Officer, Breast Cancer Care

020 3105 3360 (out of hours 07702 901 334)


Notes to editors

Anyone with questions can call Breast Cancer Care’s nurses on 0808 800 6000.

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