Philly law firm files litigation against breast implant manufacturers

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December 03, 2018 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia law firm is taking on breast implant manufacturers following recent research indicating that certain types of implants are causing lymphoma.   

Attorney Dena Young says her firm, Ross Feller Casey, is litigating against Allergan and Mentor, alleging hundreds of women developed Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, due to their textured implants. 

"It's a big deal because it's a man-made cancer. There's no other cause of breast implant associated ALCL other than breast implants," said Young. 

Dr. Pierluigi Porcu, a medical oncologist at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health, explained that "this is a lymphoma, so this is a type of blood cancer. This is not breast cancer that we're talking about." 

Porcu says 100 percent of the cases that he has seen of this lymphoma were directly related to breast implants.

"It's not clear that all the plastic surgeons with all the implants that are being placed actually have these conversations, and that has to happen," he said. 

Meanwhile, Young puts the responsibility on the manufacturer. 

"We have reason to believe that the manufacturers knew long before they started warning of ALCL, that there was this problem," she said. 

Sadly, Young says many of her clients were breast cancer survivors who underwent reconstructive surgery. 

"They do not expect to develop lymphoma from their implant, certainly they weren't warned about the development of lymphoma," she said. 

Neither Allergan nor Mentor responded to specific questions regarding this litigation.