Cancer Lawsuit Filed Over Allergan McGhan Breast Implants

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A Tennessee woman has filed a product liability lawsuit that indicates Allergan McGhan breast implants caused cancer to develop in the tissue surrounding implant, known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).  

The complaint (PDF) was filed by Kimberly Matthews last month in the Superior Court of New Jersey, naming Allergan and Inamed Corporation as defendants.

According to the lawsuit, Matthews was implanted with McGhan Style 468 Saline-Filled breast implants in 2004 as part of breast augmentation surgery. In October 2017, she noticed her inguinal lymph nodes were enlarged, and the next month a PET scan indicated she had hypermetabolic activity within a left anterior chest wall mass.

In December 2017, Matthews was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that develops in the tissue surrounding certain types of implants. BIA-ALCL is a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and a growing body of research suggests that certain large surface area, textured implants may increase the risk.

As a result of the breast implant cancer, Matthews had to undergo a procedure to shrink the tumor, which had infiltrated her chest wall and left ribs, before the implant could be removed in July 2018. She underwent five weeks of radiation therapy to get rid of the rest of the tumor, the lawsuit indicates.

“At the time the McGhan implants were placed into Kimberly Mathews’s body, she was not advised, nor did she have any independent knowledge, that the Products were anything other than safe, life-long products. Nor was she advised that the product was associated and/or known to cause BIA-ALCL and that she would require future surgery and treatments,” the lawsuit states. “Had Kimberly Mathews been advised that implantation was associated with even the slightest risk of developing ALCL and/or BIA-ALCL she would not have proceeded with implantation of the Products.”

Breast Implant Cancer Warnings

On January 26, 2011 the FDA first released a report about case studies and epidemiological research that suggested there was a link between breast implants and ALCL.

The agency then issued a statement about emerging information on the breast implant lymphoma problems last year, and a number of subsequent studies have confirmed that the breast implant ALCL cancer risk is real.

In June 2017, a study published in the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery suggested that certain textured breast implants may increase the risk of anaplastic large cell lymphoma anywhere from 10 to 14 times, when compared to smooth breast implants.

In October 2017, a study published in the medical journal JAMA Surgery warned that many breast implant cancer cases worldwide have likely not been reported, and noted that doctors and patients may not be aware of BIA-ALCL.

In March 2018, the FDA indicated that it was aware of more than 400 cases of breast implant-related cancer. As more information becomes public about the breast implant cancer cases, experts have warned that the number of cases reported will likely increase significantly.

As regulators and researchers worldwide continue to evaluate the specific cause of the breast implant lymphoma problems, other women are also raising serious questions about why certain products appear to be more likely to be associated with the development of cancer, and how manufacturers failed to address potential design defects earlier.

Product liability lawyers in the U.S. are now reviewing other potential breast implant cancer lawsuits against Allergan and other manufacturers, for women diagnosed with the ALCL in recent years.

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  1. Linda Reply

    I first implants in 1979. They ruptured in 1999. I had new implants put in 2000.
    I have been horribly sick since having implants. I have been diagnosed with Lupus, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Fibromyalgia. I have had 17 joint surgeries. It has caused me to not be able to work and so much money. I am looking at having explant. I was never told about all these problems.

  2. Rebecca Reply

    I developed CANCER around IMPLANT capsule with Meghan SALINE filled IMPLANT. The pathology report stated adenocarcinoma. Could this be related to implant?

  3. Mary Reply

    I have Allergan implants and I am very worried now that I have heard about cancer causing problems with them. My right breast has been swollen and painful for months. I am really worried also because there are small nodules in my right lung. I am very concerned what do I need to do.

  4. Heather Reply

    I had McGhan saline implants put in August 2006 and in March 2015 I was diagnosed with stage 3 inductal carcinoma triple negative breast cancer. I have no family history and this is not a hormone related cancer. I swear it is due to these implants. I was 41 at the time and otherwise healthy.

  5. M Reply

    I just explanted McGhan 330cc #68 and have lump under arm . Thicken chest wall and a lump under my ribs and neck rash . Have not yet been diagnosed the doctors all seem dumbfounded at whats wrong with me i felt good for about 2 weeks after removal then got ill again and progressively getting worse

  6. Stacy Reply

    I have the same implants. I didn’t know they were the same as Allergan. I need to get them

  7. Elizabeth Reply

    I had my McGhan implants done in 1999 and was diagnosed with stage 1 inductal carcinoma triple negative breast cancer in June of 2017 No family history, lead an extremely healthy lifestyle. They convinced me not to take them out and I am deeply regretting that decision.

  8. Tammy Reply

    I have Mcghan 68 330 saline and my health has been declining for past 5 years. Rapid decline in memory, brain fog, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, weight gain, CHRONIC FATIGUE, joint pain, limb tenderness, steroid shots in tops of feet from inflammation pain etc. seeing MD, Neurologist, orthopedic surgeon. I’m explanting 9/6/19. These things are TOXIC!!!

  9. Stacy Reply

    Does anyone know if McGahn 68 implants have been recalled?
    I have some BII symptoms such as brain for and joint and muscle pain which gets worse every day. I am Wondering if this could have anything to do with it. Also have had blood work with positive results for ANA.

  10. Lori Reply

    Yes Style 68 is absolutely one of the first to be recalled and are the worse. I have these I’m very very sick same my health has been declining for years I’m explanting in Novemeber 2019 unless I can get it bumped up sooner. Google Mc Ghan implants recall they will be listed the first one. Get them removed ASAP!!!!

  11. Delia Reply

    How do you know what kind of implants you have? I have my Inamed Aesthetics Identification card that’s lists a serial number and catalog number but I’m not exactly sure which I have. I had mine done in October of 2004.

  12. Ann Reply

    Can anyone direct me where to find style 68 was recalled? Was it a previous recall? I have had mine in since 97! Thanks for your help

  13. Amy Reply

    I too have McGhan Style 68 My doctors can’t figure out what is wrong with me. I also can’t find the recall information.

  14. Trish Reply

    I had Mcghan implants done 8/22/86 style 40. I also have experienced so many ailments including RA results and pituitary adenoma (brain tumor). I don’t have any family history of the symptoms I have experienced and was hoping to find some answers. Has this style been recalled?

  15. shelly Reply

    who do I call to get my recalled implants removed??

  16. Glenna Reply

    I have 400cc McGhan 68 inplants for 13 years and getting sicker help how do I get these out

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