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BIA-ALCL Factsheets

What is BIA-ALCL?  An information guide for patients.

What is BIA-ALCL? An information guide for healthcare professionals.

Solicitors Sarah Moore and Zahra Nanji at Leigh Day are currently pursing claims on behalf of women whom have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL, a rare form of blood cancer linked to textured breast implants. In the course of pursuing these claims Leigh Day have been contacted by hundreds of women, across the UK, all of whom are concerned about the potential impact that their textured breast implants are having upon their health, and are worried about developing BIA-ALCL as a result of their implants. Many women, who have contacted Leigh Day, have reported that their GPs, and the private clinics responsible for their original implant surgeries, are often unaware of the symptoms of BIA-ALCL, how to make a differential diagnosis in circumstances of late onset seroma or swelling, and the appropriate diagnostic and care pathways to follow to ensure women are given rapid access to treatment.
  
Leigh Day have worked closely with TV presenter, and documentary maker, Abbie Eastwood in her role as campaigner and co-founder of the UK BII support group and have approached Professor Amanda Howe, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners regarding raising awareness amongst GPs about BIA-ALCL, and the type of information that could, and should, be provided to concerned women to allow them to understand the low but serious risk posed by textured breast implants. 

As a result, the BIA ALCL Team at Leigh Day have produced an information booklet entitled ‘What is BIA-ALCL? Symptoms and how to check your breasts if you have concerns about your breast implants’; and a factsheet for GPs entitled ‘What is BIA-ALCL’.  The documents have been sent to Professor Howe to disseminate amongst her colleagues.  

Zahra Nanji commented that:
“Given the exceptional and challenging circumstances which our NHS frontline clinicians are currently facing, we felt it would be helpful to deliver these resources directly to women affected here through our website. We hope that the booklet will be useful for any woman who has breast implants and who is suffering from potential symptoms, but is unclear as to what they can do to report and have their concerns investigated.   We hope that the information leaflet we have put together, will assist women with textured breast implants, and answer some of the key questions that they may have about the symptoms and risks of developing BIA-ALCL.”


What is BIA-ALCL?  An information guide for patients.

What is BIA-ALCL? An information guide for healthcare professionals.

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