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Topic: prostheses OR foam inserts? WHERE TO FIND?

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 30, 2021 03:54PM

lenaAZ wrote:

Hi, I am six weeks out from a bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction and starting to wonder what is going to be my new routine for getting dressed. I don't want to go out with nothing under my shirt, but also don't want to wind up handling my new flatness in a way that is cumbersome, uncomfortable, and/or super expensive.

Oh, I was an A cup before, and don't feel like I need much, but do want something.

I looked at prostheses a while back and they seemed super heavy. I also wonder about having to buy an entire new bra collection to hold them, when I already own a million bras, some of which I really like and can *almost* wear as is.

I tried to look at lighter weight inserts that I might be able to slip into ordinary bras that have pockets for removable "liners" (thin pads). I am totally confused by what is intended for mastectomy survivors and what is just bra padding and not the right shape for me. I don't even know what to type into google when shopping for these online.

This topic has been addressed on breastcancer.org before, but a lot of the links no longer work.

Thank you so much. I really appreciate that experienced survivors come on here and help us newbies.

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Nov 30, 2021 05:27PM Krose53 wrote:

Hi, my plastic surgeon referred me to a place that specializes in breast prosthesis and special bras. My insurance covered 80% of the cost. My prostheses is very light and looks very natural. Ask your breast or plastic surgeon.

Dx 11/16/2017, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/22/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2018
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Nov 30, 2021 05:31PM lenaAZ wrote:

Do you mind sharing the name of the manufacturer? Thank you!

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Nov 30, 2021 06:41PM Krose53 wrote:

It's amoena Adapt Air Xtra Light 2SN.

Dx 11/16/2017, ILC/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 12/27/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 1/22/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2018
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Nov 30, 2021 08:36PM MinusTwo wrote:

My PS & surgeon also recommended local places. You really should be fit the first time & not just order something on line. If you are close to a Nordstroms, they have trained fitters in their bra departments. You just call for an appointment.

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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Nov 30, 2021 10:50PM lauri wrote:

Seconding the recommendation for Nordstrom -- they are familiar with the paperwork that's needed to file with insurance companies / Medicare. I can get a new prosthesis every 5 years.

Before I went to the Nordstrom level, I was using $10 breast enhancers from Walmart. (Only needed for one side.)


From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success Dx 3/8/2006, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, 11/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 11/15/2021, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Hormonal Therapy 11/27/2021 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 12/2/2021 Ibrance (palbociclib) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Surgery Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Dec 2, 2021 11:15AM Sunshine99 wrote:

Another option is Knitted Knockers. I've actually made a few for myself, but the organization will (or used to, anyway) send them to you for free. They're super lightweight and can be washed. They're also very comfortable again recent surgery scars. I had a single mast with no recon and am also very small busted.

I found some bras on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0147QH2JO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They are the most comfortable bras I've ever worn and I don't even wear a prosthesis in the mast side. They have enough shape that I don't need one.

I found the special bras to hold a prosthesis were not that comfortable. I know that a bra is comfortable when I don't even think about it while I'm wearing it. :)

Cancer has progressed to my bones. I pray that it never enters my soul. my-sunny-side-up.com Dx 11/2/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/26/2020, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/5/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 5/12/2020 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)

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