Post Surgery Prosthetic

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Following a benign lump removal 48 years ago; I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August last year.  I had a lumpectomy, and Sentinel lymph node removal, followed by 15 x radiotherapy sessions and am taking Anastrozole daily.  As this was a second surgery, I’m rather lopsided and would appreciate any advice for the most suitable ‘cup filler’, as I do have part of my right breast still intact.  Can anyone help, please?

Thank you, Brenda 

  • Hi

    I'm bumping you post up as it would also be of interest to me too. Same treatment as you 3 years ago.  I had 80mm removed from my left breast. It looks normal in a bra though although I have a huge dent, I probably wouldn't want another op, but it would be interesting to hear any other ladies' views.

    Best wishes,

  • Thanks, Lesley

    Would be really helpful to get some suggestions from others who may have some experience with lopsided boobs!  I’ve made the best of M&S ‘prosthetic’ but it’s not ideal so any further suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

    BrennieM

  • I had an appointment booked through my breast cancer nurse for a prosthetic nipple. The lady I saw had every type of breast prosthesis you could ask for and actually fitted me with a small filler for my bra too. All on the NHS. The company they purchase items from was called Amoena.Take a look at their website. Worth being professionally fitted if you can

    Hope this helps

  • I have a Twiggy and a Dolly! I've had BC in both breasts.A lumpectomy in both sides, one side full node clearance,as was done in the olden days 14 years ago. The other just 8 removed. That was last year. As I've put on weight the right side stayed small and the other side got bigger. So I was already pretty lopsided. However the left side is now affected with lymphedema with the result I have a small soft breast and a larger, at times, rock hard breast.

    I got decent fitting bras to lymphedema specifications, full cup, no wires, this fits the Dolly side. I foolishly paid for a chicken fillet. It was very expensive and ineffective. So at a follow-up appointment I asked what could be done and the nurse made an appointment immediately with the prosthetic nurse. I actually waited just 20 minutes.

    I now have basically a full boob prosthetic except it's concave. The fitter was great, she even had a silky robe that clung so you could really see how your new "pair of boobs" looked. Instead of flowing sacks, worn to disguise the difference.

    I can now wear tops with a fitted bust line, wrap tops are my favourite and I feel so much better. I've started to be interested in reducing my weight so I can indulge myself in flattering fitted clothes. A new hair cut,pre lock down, and change of style made me look 10 years younger,according to friends and family.

    So that's my experience and all I had to do was ask!

  • Morning Helen

    Thank you very much for taking the time to reply to my question.

    With lockdown coming so soon after the time I began wearing normal bras, I didn’t enquire through my hospital breast nurse as I knew they had put prosthesis fitting service on hold.  However, I will ring tomorrow and look at the possibility of arranging a fitting; it would be great to have confidence in a well fitting bra once again.  Your advice is much appreciated and helpful.

    With best wishes

    Brenda

  • Morning Silverberg

    Many thanks for replying to my email and so glad to read that ‘Twiggy’ and ‘Dolly’ have been sorted out allowing you to feel much more confident.

    I had hoped to ‘do it myself’ as the prosthetic service was  closed at the beginning of lockdown, around the time I was looking to organise a prosthesis.
    Your reply makes it clear I should reach out to the specialist breast nurses again and arrange an appointment with an expert.  Very helpful advice that I appreciate, hugely.

    Sounds like your confidence has grown enormously from your fitting experience which is just amazing to read and I can imagine that this is just the start, so well done you!

    Thank you, once again for taking the time to reply to my enquiry, much appreciated.

    With best wishes 

    BrennieM