A recall has been issued for the Axxent FlexiShield Mini breast device.
Axxent FlexiShield Mini is a pad that is supposed to protect areas that don’t need radiation in treating breast cancer. The FlexiShield in the recall was used temporarily inside breast incisions when women were given radiation after a lumpectomy for cancer.
The problem is these pads left behind tungsten inside breast tissue and chest muscles. Right now, 29 women have reported tungsten left in their body (actually, their doctors probably reported that, obviously).
Is tungsten itself dangerous? No one knows. But, either way, tungsten is a problem because it resembles or hides cancer on mammograms. For high risk breast cancer patients, obviously this is not good.