Topic: Prosthesis

Forum: DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) — Just diagnosed, in treatment, or finished treatment for DCIS.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2018 04:44PM

Posted on: Feb 6, 2018 04:44PM

01sadie wrote:

I had my mastectomy August 1, 2017. I chose not to do reconstruction. I am 67 years old. I am totally frustrated with the prosthetics I have tried. I started wth a weighted Amoena. It was so heavy and left a giant gap above it where so much tissue was removed. Also irritated the swelling under my arm. Then I got an Amoena right side silicone. Same problems. Now I have ordered a foam form. It's much lighter but moves all over and is way higher than my other breast.

If any of you have suggestions, I would so appreciate. This is really bothering me a lot. Went out this weekend and tried on about 20 tops. Found myself in tears. I don't like going out. It just looks so bad. Thx.

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Feb 7, 2018 08:01AM jelson wrote:

01Sadie, I bet you would find more information and suggestions on the forum specifically for those who have had a mastectomy and no reconstruction

Dx 4/17/2009, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Feb 7, 2018 10:25AM MarilynIllinois wrote:

Hi 01Sadie,

I am half flat and also had a mastectomy August 1st. I have an amoeba prosthesis and also a Knitted Knocker. When I am home I wear a soft cami and several layers. When I am babysitting I wear the knitted knocker because I hold my granddaughter and feel better with padding.

I occasionally have stinging under my arm.

Recently I have started going out half flat without a bra or prosthesis. It feels more comfortable. When I do wear the prosthesis I remove it as soon as I get home because the band just feels so tight. I feel self conscious and a little afraid someone will bump into me, but I'm getting more used to going out bra-free.

I hope it gets better for you.

Dx 4/2017, LCIS, Right, 6cm+, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 7/31/2017 Mastectomy
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Feb 8, 2018 06:42AM Annette47 wrote:

Definitely check the mastectomy forum so you will get responses from many more people. My mother had a single mastectomy 5 years ago, and had difficulty finding a prosthetic she was comfortable with, so she rarely wears one now - mostly only for “dressy” occasions. She is not particularly well-endowed though, so while it is noticeable, it’s not obvious unless you look that she is “lopsided”.

Dx 11/20/2012, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Dx 11/20/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/17/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/20/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 3/31/2013

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