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Forum: Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy — Discuss prostheses, swimsuits, bras, and other options for women not having reconstruction or waiting for reconstruction.

Posted on: May 11, 2009 08:31PM

mastectomybra wrote:

Dear Ladies Smile

I am a student at London University of Fashion and am doing a research about mastectomy bra market. I would appreciate highly if You had a little moment to answer my short survey about the present situation of mastectomy bra market and how it could be developed.

I apologise my direct approach to this sensitive subject, I hope I do not come across intrusive or rude, that is not my intention, in any way.

 

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO

  a) 18-35

  b) 36-50

  c) 51-65

  d) 65+

2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

  a) Yes

  b) No

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

  a) 1-2

  b) 3-4

  c) 5 or more

4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  a) Specialised retailer

  b) Other retailer

  c) Online

 5) DO YOU PREFER 

  a) Under-wired

  b) Non-wired models

  c) Both

6) DO YOU PREFER 

  a) Padded

  b) Non-padded bra

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  a) Skin-colour

  b) Black or white

  c) Coloured (i.e. red, green, pink...)

8) DO YOU PREFER

  a) Casual T-Shirt bras

  b) Sporty bras

  c) Glamorous, more sexy bras

  d) Pretty and feminine, not too sexy

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

  a) Yes

  b) No

  c) Yes, but the availability is limited

10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

  a) 30-60 USD

  b) 60-100 USD

  c) 100-150 USD

  d) More than 150 USD 

Thank You very much for Your patience and help.

Wish You all the best.

 If You have any questions or suggestions or anything in mind, You can email me; mastectomybra@hotmail.com

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May 11, 2009 10:46PM She-ra wrote:

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO

  a) 18-35

2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

  b) No

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

  b) 3-4

4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  a) Specialised retailer

 5) DO YOU PREFER 

  c) Both

6) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-padded bra

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  a) Skin-colour

8) DO YOU PREFER

  d) Pretty and feminine, not too sexy

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

  b) No

10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

  a) 30-60 USD

Dx 4/15/2008, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIb, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 24, 2009 05:44AM starzhere wrote:

You should have a category for those who don't buy special bras.  I use regular bras with my breast forms.

Dx 10/31/1989, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/12 nodes, ER-/PR-
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May 28, 2009 08:08PM wblibrary wrote:

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO

  c) 51-65

2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

  b) No

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

  b) 3-4

4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  a) Specialised retailer

  c) Online

 5) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-wired models

6) DO YOU PREFER 

b) non-padded

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  a) Skin-colour

  8) DO YOU PREFER

  d) Pretty and feminine, not too sexy

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

  b) No

10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

  a) 30-60 USD

  

Thank You very much for Your patience and help.

Wish You all the best.

 If You have any questions or suggestions or anything in mind, You can email me; mastectomybra@hotmail.com

Wblibrary

Dx 2008, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/10 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 22, 2009 10:05AM Rainbow-TherapyCentre wrote:

Hi She-ra

We are making research in order to have special bra for that purpose. Would you like to share your findings, please?

Thank you in adavnce

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Jun 22, 2009 12:24PM MicheleS wrote:

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO

    b) 36-50

  

2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

    b) No

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

  b) 3-4

  4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  a) Specialised retailer

 5) DO YOU PREFER 

    b) Non-wired models

  6) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-padded bra

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  a) Skin-colour

  b) Black or white

  8) DO YOU PREFER

  a) Casual T-Shirt bras

  b) Sporty bras

  9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

  b) No

10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

  a) 30-60 USD

Dx 12/30/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 22, 2009 04:50PM mthomp2020 wrote:

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO

c) 51-65

2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

b) No

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

b) 3-4

4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

a) Specialised retailer

c) Online

5) DO YOU PREFER

b) Non-wired models

6) DO YOU PREFER

a) Padded

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

a) Skin-colour

8) DO YOU PREFER

a) Casual T-Shirt bras

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

b) No

10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

a) 30-60 USD

Marsha

Dx 5/21/2007, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Jun 22, 2009 09:13PM NativeMainer wrote:

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO

    c) 51-65

2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

  b) No

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

  b) 3-4

  4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  a) Specialised retailer

   5) DO YOU PREFER 

    b) Non-wired models

6) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-padded bra

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  a) Skin-colour

  b) white

  8) DO YOU PREFER

   d) Pretty and feminine, not too sexy

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

    b) No

10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

    d)  more than 150 USD 

I am having a great deal of difficulty finding a prosthesis to go into a bathing suit that matches my remaining breast, which is large and has a lot of droop.  All the prostheses I've found so far give me a very lopsided look with one breast "perky" like it belongs to a 20 year old, while the other looks like it belongs to a 50 year old (which I am).  I love to go swimming and don't really want to advertise that I've had bc to every one who sees me, but it's beginning to look like I'm going to have to go without a prosthesis and wear a T-shirt or something over my bathing suit all summer. 

dx 3/07, Stage 2, Grade 2 IDC, 2.8cm, ER+PR+, Her2(-), SN-, lumpectomy & rads, mastectomy 8/15/08, right prophy mast and bilateral DIEP recon 6/21/10

Dx 3/9/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 22, 2009 10:21PM Anne888 wrote:

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO

    c) 51-65

2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

  b) No

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

  b) 3-4

 4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  a) Specialised retailer

  c) Online

 5) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-wired models

6) DO YOU PREFER 

  a) Padded

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  a) Skin-colour

 8) DO YOU PREFER

  a) Casual T-Shirt bras

  d) Pretty and feminine, not too sexy

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

  b) No

 10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

  a) 30-60 USD

 Note:  I've found that most mastectomy bras are designed for large women.  VERY small selection for petite women.  Also, "A cup" women get breast cancer, too.  I'd like to see padded cups as an option, as my remaining breast is still small!

Dx 3/2001, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Sep 16, 2009 02:15AM Nensi wrote:

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Sep 16, 2009 12:13PM Celtic_Spirit wrote:

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO

  b) 36-50

  2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

  a) Yes

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

  b) 3-4

4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  a) Specialised retailer

  c) Online

 5) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-wired models

6) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-padded bra

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  a) Skin-colour

  b) Black or white

  c) Coloured (i.e. red, green, pink...)

8) DO YOU PREFER

  a) Casual T-Shirt bras

  b) Sporty bras

  d) Pretty and feminine, not too sexy

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

  b) No

10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

  a) 30-60 USD

 I also like bras with wider straps. Thin straps cut into my shoulders, increasing my risk for lymphedema.

Good luck with your project!

Dx 2/8/2008, IDC, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 9/30 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 23, 2009 11:20PM, edited Sep 23, 2009 11:21PM by otter

1) TO WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG

  c) 51-65

2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

  b) No  [NO!  Did I say that emphatically enough?]

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

  b) 3-4  [My insurance allows 4 per year but I've only bought 2 in 18 months and I don't wear those.]

4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  a) Specialised retailer [Would prefer on-line but I need to try them on first.]

 5) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-wired models [Cannot wear underwire because of chest-wall lymphedema.]

6) DO YOU PREFER 

  Added:   [c) lightly padded or non-padded-- It depends on the fit of the bra cup.]

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  a) Skin-colour

  b) Black or white [White.  Not black.  NOT black.]

8) DO YOU PREFER

  a) Casual T-Shirt bras

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

  b) No 

10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

  a) 30-60 USD  [Before my cancer diagnosis, I typically spent $10 - $20 on a bra.  Since then, I've spent $30 - $45 on average.  One of my 2 mast bras cost > $100. I will not do that again.]

otter 

Dx IDC, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 18, 2010 09:45AM Alexa1951 wrote:

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO

  b) 36-50

2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

  a) Yes

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

  b) 3-4

4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  c) Online (http://kamastectomybras.com/)

 5) DO YOU PREFER 

  c) Both

6) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-padded bra

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  b) Black or white

8) DO YOU PREFER

  c) Glamorous, more sexy bras

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

  a) Yes

10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

  b) 60-100 USD

 

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Feb 19, 2010 03:08AM Titch wrote:

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO  b) 36-50

 2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

  b) No

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

  a) 1-2

4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  a) Specialised retailer

   5) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-wired models

6) DO YOU PREFER 

  b) Non-padded bra

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  a) Skin-colour

  b) Black or white

8) DO YOU PREFER

  c) Glamorous, more sexy bras

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

  c) Yes, but the availability is limited

10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

  c) 100-150 USD

Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway - John Wayne

Dx 4/29/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 15, 2010 01:23PM Salomon wrote:

Dear ladies,

I was just came across this website and thought may be some of you might be interested to find out about the upcoming bras that I design in line to provide better support and superior comfort to women in general. This unique design has been developed with care and improve over the last four years to ensure they provide the best support and comfort. The unique designs do not compress the breasts unlike conventional bras, therefore they do not compromise the underlying breasts structure.

Well let me introduce myself and give you a little bit more insight about the unique bras -

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries / would like to know more on - jsalomon@gmx.com

My name is - Joseph Salomon, I am a registered nurse with over fifteen years experience of working within the National Health Service. My experience includes caring for women suffering from breast discomfort, pain, abscesses and sometimes breast cancer.

I became interested in examining some of the underlying causes and it soon became clear that the extreme discomfort experienced by many women is well documented as often as a consequence of modern bra-design. Beyond the discomfort there is strong medical evidence linking modern bra design to permanent breast conditions and breast cancer. Over 90 percent of women's breasts sag after child birth as well as with age and after losing weight. The majority of women aged between 18 and 50 rely on push up bras that compress their breasts to give them a little bit of cleavage. Therein lays the problem. Compressing the breasts can cause long term damage to the breasts tissue and the underlying breasts structures.

Joseph set about designing a preventative solution and has developed a unique range of bras that provide better support and superior comfort to women. These unique bras have been designed with health and well being as the main focus but also give figure enhancement without compromising the underlying breasts tissue unlike conventional bras. Whilst health and preventative cause has been paramount, elegance and fashion have been at the forefront.

This unique bras comprise  of four differentdesign to cater for different breasts size,and shapes, in addition the special range will include made to measure. Furthermore as you may well be aware the standard measurement is outdated, the comapny is currently carrying out a new measurement system inorder to provide better fit bras.

I look forward to hear from you.

Kind regards
Joseph Salomon
Managing Director / CEO
Salomon Enterprise Ltd.
338 Lionel Road North
Brentford.
London
TW8 9QX
England
Email: - jsalomon@gmx.com
Mob: - 0044 78 2568 4361
Landline: - 0044 20 8560 0138
 

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Dec 22, 2010 05:17AM, edited Aug 20, 2013 06:27AM by riley702

1) IN WHICH AGE GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO

  b) 36-50

  2) ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SELECTION OF MASTECTOMY BRAS ON MARKET

  b) No

3) HOW MANY MASTECTOMY BRAS DO YOU PURCHASE PER YEAR

   b) 3-4

  4) WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE THE BRA

  a) Specialised retailer

  Would definitely consider online.

 5) DO YOU PREFER 

    b) Non-wired models

  6) DO YOU PREFER 

   b) Non-padded bra

7) WHAT COLOUR OF BRA DO YOU PREFER (choose one or more)

  a) Skin-colour

  b) Black or white

  c) Coloured (i.e. red, green, pink...)

8) DO YOU PREFER

  a) Casual T-Shirt bras

  d) Pretty and feminine, not too sexy

9) IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FIND A MATCHING BRIEF FOR A BRA

    b) No

  10) HOW MUCH ON AVERAGE DO YOU SPEND FOR A BRA

  a) 30-60 USD

  b) 60-100 USD

Depends on the bra. Usually, I try to stay in the first range, but if it were really nice, I'd splurge once in a while.

Salomon - not cool to horn in on someone else's thread to shill your site. IMO.

Carolyn - 6 months neoadjuvant chemo (clinical trial), BMX and rads. Dx'd and treated as TN. After MX, I was informed my tumor was weakly ER+ after all (8%)

Dx 1/26/2010, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-Targeted Therapy 02/09/2010 AvastinChemotherapy 02/09/2010 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxotere, XelodaSurgery 09/05/2010 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Radiation Therapy 10/19/2010 ExternalSurgery 12/14/2010 Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right)Hormonal Therapy 01/01/2011 TamoxifenHormonal Therapy 08/08/2011 AromasinHormonal Therapy 01/15/2012 Arimidex