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Topic: Sports Bras After Double Mastectomy Without Recon?

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: Nov 25, 2019 06:49PM

MydogandIhadcancer wrote:

Hi, all. Hope this is the right forum.

My double mastectomy is next Monday, December 2! I am so happy to remove this cancer finally.

I am not getting recon. I keep seeing recommendations to get zip front sports bras. Do I need them if I’m going flat?

Also, what size would I buy? I won’t have anything in the cup so would I buy a 36 A?

Thank you


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Nov 25, 2019 08:14PM Yogatyme wrote:

it is likely you will have a surgical bra immediately after surgery that you will wear for several weeks. They use gauze pads for compression. I bought a sports bra that was one size bigger than I normally wear for after coming out of surgical bra. I continued to use the gauze pads for about 3 weeks. I normally go flat, but when I want “curves” I use “knitted knockers” in a bralettes. The most important feature is front closure. The surgical bra had Velcro closure which was easier to manage but the zippered sports bra felt more secure.


Yogatyme Surgery 3/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/13/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Nov 26, 2019 02:55AM Jedrik wrote:

As yogatyme said: You will likely be given some compression garnment at first. If not, get one yourself, it feels so much better while healing. I got myself two simple bustiers advertised for cosplay and they felt nice and snug.

In case you ask about wearing one for sports once you feel up to it again: No, you don't need one. Going for a run for the first time without breast is really one of the perks of having had a BMX. If you want one, sizing is inch measured under bust (are you a 36?), every letter allows for 2 inches more of breast, so A would be right in all sizes.

Dx 9/17/2015, IDC/Paget's, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/5/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/18/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 10/18/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/18/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 2/22/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Nov 26, 2019 06:37PM MydogandIhadcancer wrote:

Thank you both for replying and answering my questions.

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Nov 27, 2019 02:12AM Jedrik wrote:

You are welcome. :-)

Good luck with your surgery and speedy recovery. Keep us updated, please.

Dx 9/17/2015, IDC/Paget's, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/5/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/18/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 10/18/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/18/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 2/22/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Nov 29, 2019 05:16AM Aussie-Cat wrote:

MydogandI, I hope your surgery and recovery go well. If you get a chance, it could be good to ask your surgeon if you need to buy any bras for soon after surgery and if so, what kind they recommend. If you want to go flat after 2-3 weeks of recovery, you won't need any bras. It certainly is a nice feeling not to have weight on the chest after mastectomies, in the midst of all the other difficult things about the surgery.

Diagnosed with nerve pain (post mastectomy pain syndrome) July 2018 Surgery 6/18/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right
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Dec 9, 2019 01:19PM MydogandIhadcancer wrote:

Greetings!

I had my double last Monday, December 2.

The hospital trussed me up with a mastectomy bra with velcro in the straps for adjustability and with front zip and few front hooks, size four. When they announced my discharge, I asked for a second mastectomy bra and was granted my wish.

I am fortunate enough to have some home care visiting nurses (love them!). The home care nurses confirmed that going forward, an A cup is fine. One told me that Kohls carries front zip sports bra. I have heard people say they aren't easy to find so if you are near Kohls, try there

I came home Tuesday and have been recovering well. Drains and staples will be removed by Thursday and I can't wait.

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Dec 10, 2019 09:24AM Aussie-Cat wrote:

MydogandI, I'm so glad that you're recovering well from your double mastectomy! I bet you will feel a lot better once the drains and staples are removed. I hope that everything goes well for you.

Diagnosed with nerve pain (post mastectomy pain syndrome) July 2018 Surgery 6/18/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right
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Dec 10, 2019 10:43AM Yogatyme wrote:

AussieCat is exactly right. Once those drains come out you will feel like you have been let out of jail! :

Yogatyme Surgery 3/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/13/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Dec 10, 2019 07:21PM MinusTwo wrote:

I found zip front sports bras at several Wal Mart stores.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Dec 10, 2019 09:30PM lightningblue wrote:

I hope you are continuing to heal and feeling better every day! I also had double mastectomy with no recon and had similar questions! I ended up buying some sports bralettes for use well after surgery -- not much support (don't need any anymore, haha) but coverage on the whole area. A little bit of compression felt better than wearing nothing. I also had nerve pain on my sides, where my arms would brush against my body when running. A sports bra helped that. I'm eight months out from surgery and am finding I need the bralettes less and less. AnaOno's "Leslie" bra is my favorite. That one is sized based on ribcage measurement like a bra band size would be.

Diagnosed age 32 in March 2019 Surgery 4/11/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Dec 12, 2019 01:20AM Jedrik wrote:

Mydogandihadcancer: I am glad to hear all went well. Speedy recovery!


Dx 9/17/2015, IDC/Paget's, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/5/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/18/2015 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 10/18/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/18/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 2/22/2016 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Dec 12, 2019 09:35AM Runnermum wrote:

Hoping your recovery is continuing to go well. Heard about a company last summer called handful.com. they sell sports bras and offer alifetime discount of 30% off their products to breast cancer survivors as well as a program that gives you free pads for their bras if you are in need of prosthesis. I ordered 2 bras and like them both. Their customer service was very helpful. They have a survivor specialist that answered my questions and helped me pick out 2 bras to fit my needs. I just applied online for the discount and think it took about 5 days to get it approved.

Dx 4/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Dec 13, 2019 02:02AM coraleliz wrote:

Once my drains were pulled, I wore inexpensive sports bras from Kmart(now closed, but probably Walmart & Target have similar). I purchased a size bigger. Getting into them can be a challenge. I once tried a front zipper version but the end of the zipper created a raw spot. All the sports bras I've ever worn, even when I had breasts came S-M-L. As mentioned above, some days I feel I need more compression. Some of mine fit more snuggly than others. Pretty sure I have just about every color except brown(still looking for a brown one).

I'm almost 9 years out from surgery & wear sports bras most of the time. They are much easier to find a fit than real bras(from what I remember). I buy them at Marshall's or Ross.

Dx 2/28/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/15/2011, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/15/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Dec 13, 2019 10:36PM 1redgirl wrote:

my right breast is gone, my left breast has had two surgeries but still there. I just bought sports bras, no zippers, but fairly expensive ones. I go to the gym everyday. I once had 36 C breasts. So I wore a large. Now that I lost a lot of weight, I wear a small and I just look flat chested now. I did a lot of PT after surgery to work on rt arm reaching above my head. It took some time. So now putting on bras is pretty easy.

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Dec 19, 2019 10:20AM MydogandIhadcancer wrote:

I have one brown sports bra that I bought years ago but don’t wear that much because I don’t have a lot of brown clothes. They are rare!

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Dec 19, 2019 10:23AM MydogandIhadcancer wrote:

Thank you for all the recommendations for sports bras and where to find them. I am excited to sample these and will try several of the recommendations.

I am super excited to start building my new life and wardrobe. I am not a big shopper so this is probably the firstbtime ever that I’ve bedn excited to shop. Cancer gifts...go figure

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Dec 19, 2019 09:17PM OnTarget wrote:

Hi, I don't know if anyone told you, but your insurance will probably pay for bras. Mine is awesome and pays for 3 bras every quarter (up to $45 each). I also get 2 camisoles/year.

Most hospitals in my area have bra stores inside them with people trained to fit you post mastectomy. They handle the insurance aspect. You just need a prescription from your PS.

My bra store will even remind me every quarter!

Nordstrom also takes some types of insurance.

Diagnosed at 42, Oncotype score 16, ITC in one node- considered node negative Dx 4/8/2019, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/23/2019, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/15/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy 8/6/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/6/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Dec 24, 2019 06:44AM windingshores wrote:

My surgeon did not provide a surgical bra.

I am confused about this topic: why do folks wear a sports bra, or any bra at all? Is this to hold a prosthesis?

Dx 2/2015, DCIS/ILC/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy
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Dec 24, 2019 07:39AM MydogandIhadcancer wrote:

My surgeon used a surgical bra for a few weeks after surgery. It provides compression to help relieve inflammation and improve drainage. Also it helps hold wound dressings in place so there is less surgical tape on the skin. It may also keep drain tubes slightly less mobile—the bottom of mine just covered the incision where the drain tubes exited my body

I can only speak for myself. I started the topic because I work out hard most days and am noticeable at the gym. Walking in at 5 AM with a flat chest after missing several weeks seems challenging to me. Every day life, I can do that flat. Walk into my gym with a flat chest and display to people that the woman who seems invulnerable just had a double? That seems more intrusive. So I will use those Athleta machine washable inserts, at least until I feel more ready to have a couple hundred people realize what happened.

Others seem to use bras to support the breast tissue that remains after mastectomy or because after decades of wearing a bra, being without one feels uncomfortable. Some women alternate between flat and and using prosthetics.

Did that help?

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Dec 28, 2019 09:35AM windingshores wrote:

Thanks.

Dx 2/2015, DCIS/ILC/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Right Surgery Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy
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Dec 31, 2019 03:55PM blah333 wrote:

I had some truncal swelling (lymphedema) 9 months after my surgery. Wearing a sports bra helps. I wore one the month after my surgery as well, helped me feel snug and protected (it was also winter). I found some sports bras at Target, the Champion brand, that you could remove the cups from. I got size XS. Unfortunately they have lowered the quality of fabric and no longer stock my preferred model at stores. I have not seen any zipper sports bras. The hospital supplied that post-surgical garment. But it IS possible to wear sports bras without breasts.

Age 35 at diagnosis Dx 9/2017, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 11/30/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right

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