BIA-ALCL is a rare form of immunity-related cancer, specifically affecting T-lymphocytes developing within or around the scar tissue capsule of breast implants. It is prevalent among patients who had breast augmentation with a textured implant. The most frequent symptoms experienced by the patients are persistent swelling and tenderness in the implant region. Theoretically, it takes 7-10 years from the initial date of implant for these symptoms to develop, but they can occur earlier. It is highly recommended to consult your physician if you experience any of these symptoms, as early diagnosis and prompt treatment can have a better overall prognosis.
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