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Perfect bra after surgery (lumpectomy)

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Re: Perfect bra after surgery (lumpectomy)

There is another company called Knix - they make very soft non wired bras, which, if you fit their sizing, are supremely comfortable. There is another company called Decent Exposures. They make a sort of sports bra on a custom basis. I have found theirs to be the best solution for me (bilateral lumpectomies and right side sentinel node removal). I have tried others, some of which have been impossible to use, others which start out ok but by the end of the work day are painful. I have gone back to my Wacoal sports bra during the day now - it is wired but quite comfortable, though I still need to get out of it at the end of the day.

 

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Diane

 

You are through the worst bit, shock at hearing that you have cancer, the waiting around while a treatment plan is decided, etc.  Now I hope it all looks up for you. Getting a good bra is trial and error for us all.  Cotton ones with no underwire were the ones that I used at the beginning and I got some from M&S. Take care and good luck.

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Welcome to the forum Diane .Its horrible waiting for results isn't it .When do you find out what happens next ?
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Just joined the forum. One week post operative. Looking for suitable bra and chanced on this forum.

Are you ok now. Like you I am very anxious about the journey.x

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i have had double lumpectoies in February 2016 and had 2 nodes removed on one side and 3 on the other side.  Once in a while i can feel a vein under my right under arm and i am one to sleep with my arm above me under my pillow and sometimes it bothers me and i wake up.  I went through 4 chemo treatments and 33 days of radiation treatments.  My breast are different colors now from the bad burn i received but it helped the scars and they look actually pretty good now.  the lympnode scars you cant even see them anymore because of the radiation.  ONce in a while like most have said becuase of the scars being under my breast a bra does bother me at the end of the day because of the scars being tender still.  I was told that symptoms can come out up to 2 years after the surgery before we see any of them.  Once in awhile i do have alittle breast pain or they itch from deep inside but thats about it....Sometimes ive had a sharp stinging like pain but they said that was nerves inside.  I have had a reduction done the same day i had my cancer removed because after they took out the cancer both sides sunk in so i decided to just reduce what i did have to make them right.  One side is alittle smaller but my surgeon says he can fix that if i want.....Ii think the whole cancer experience is get GOOD doctors and feel comfortable with them and youll have a good outcome...I have a friend that went through alot over her cancer and that was because she had bad doctor and it was bad for her, i feel sorry for her because our experiences were so different and my case was a really weird one in the first place we found cancer i wasnt even looking for and then when i went for a 2nd opion they found it on both sides....I had a real easy journey so far and its been almost 1 year for me.  I am cancer free for now, I have a crew of 6 doctors and they were awesome !!!!!!  I thank my doctors for my recovery and experience i guess because if it wasnt for them i dont know how it would have gone....

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Had malignant lymph node and 32 more non malignant nodes removed -bra very painful

Had malignant lymph node and 32 more non malignant nodes removed -bra very painful.. can't seem to find a comfortable bra to wear been over a year since surgery.

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I have a very large bust and had to wear a bra at work. It would be not too bad first thing in the morning but by the time I got home at night it was the first thing that came off and like you I lived in loose tops. I used to have big indents in my affected breast at the end of the day from the seams of my bra. It started about a month after the radiotherapy finished. I started off after I finished my treatment having to wear a prosthesis as the affected breast was much smaller than my other one and it was strange going from one extreme to the other in a couple of months. My breast surgeon said he would refer me to the lymphoedema nurse if I still had swelling at my next review, but he said it sometimes gets better on its on, which it has for me. It has taken a while but I can now wear a bra all day. Your breast care nurse would be able to help you with this if you give her a call I am sure they would check you out and give you advice.

 

I hope everything goes well for you at work. I work in the NHS and my occupational health department and manager were very helpful. I still find 14 months after treatment I can struggle at the end of the week with tiredness though. I’m not sure what the rules are for a phased return, if every workplace has their own time scale for returning to work. You can only try your best and hopefully things will be okay.

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Thank you for your post Koshlake57. It's reassuring sometimes to hear others stories I find, which help with my recovery. I see my physiotherapist on Friday for first session so will sure to raise questions to them. Im here too thank you very much 😊

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Thank you so much Evie, this has helped me so much. Yes I had 8 chemo sessions and 20 radiotherapy sessions. All you have described is happening to me too. I will check with the gp as im going there n monday and have my first physiotherapy session for my shoulder this Friday. Im not sure how work will go as i had a meeting with my manager back in June and she is under the impression that phased return is 4 weeks and i will be full time back. (I work in an office) but I simply said yes I can try. Thats the main reason why I was a bit worried on the work front. Excuse the personal question which I understand you do not have to answer As you have the breast lymphoedema do you wear bras at all? In fact have you gone back to wearing them? Im just not sure what to do as my breast have enlarged and im sticking to crop tops because they are comfortable for now or just a loose top with nothing underneath if im home all day. Wearing a bra if i have too. Cancer really does upset your body completely doesnt it!! 

 

I hope your breast lymphodema settles and gets better. That you feel better within yourself and thanks again for the advice. Very much appreciated 😊

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Hi Emz680

 

Did you have radiotherapy as part of your treatment? I am over a year past chemo and radiotherapy. I also had pain, tenderness and stiffness under my arm at the side of the treated breast. When I asked about it the breast care nurse and later the consultant both said the radiotherapy can cause the problems I was having and this could go on for years! At that time I was unable to lie on that side at night but now I am able to do that. The stiffness was helped by physio and the pain is definitely getting better, I just have to watch I am not overdoing lifting heavy things etc. I still have to do gentle exercises or I stiffen up a bit. I also had breast swelling and have been told I have breast lymphoedema, although mine always got worse as the day went on and back to normal after lying in bed overnight. Your breast care nurse will check for that.

 

I know how you feel about going back to work. I had a very supportive manager who organised a very long phased return to work, it took almost three months to get back full-time. I was very nervous at first, almost like starting a new job, but I loved being back amongst my friends again. I went along to the Breast Cancer Care’s Moving Forward course which was very helpful, maybe that could help you if there is one in your area.

 

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Dear emz680

You are having a rough go with this.  Your armpit may be stiff and still sore and the physio should be able to help you with this.  I can't believe that this discomfort has anything to do with the cancer returning.  I am 14 months post lumpectomy and I am still a little stiff in my armpit and surrounding muscles.

 

Good luck.  We are all with you.

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Let's see all your opinion. I had a lumpectomy and one lymph node removed 18.02.16. As of today 01.08.16 it has healed well. My armpit still aches a lot and I dont know why. My breast I had surgery on (left side) is still tender and I've been referred to physiotherapy. I'm partly scared that the cancer is coming back or some thing is not quite right still. I find days I'm depressed and others I love life so much.

 

Also I am 11 stone and went up a dress size, Im dubious as to whether that will even out. What even more annoying is my bra size keeps going up 😐 so I've resorted to wearing crop tops and if when needed wear a bra. 

 

Does this stop or settle down??? I'm still not able to go back to work and terrified if I do now I won't be ready. Please any suggestions experiences greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you very much for reading and / if answering too 😊.

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Hi there, there's a US company called Third Love that makes custom made bras, not cheap about £70, & they can fit asymmetric boobs. They apparently do last s long time as v well made & you use their app to take your measirements. Mine still changing post lumpectomy & radio, just a few weeks but I thought I'd dodged the scarring/shape change. Hey ho. Hope the company is useful. X
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Speak to your breast care nurse or ask to be referred back if you have been discharged.  I also had the same problem and was offered a reduction, but when I said I wasn't ready to go ahead with anymore treatment or surgery at that time I was referred to the prosthetics department and was given a shell prosthesis which fits over your existing breast and it evened me up!  

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Hello,

you may want to try a slim *knitted knocker* - not used but have read of many ladies who find these a light weight alternative & comfy against any delicate skin too. Good luck

 

LL xx

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Marilyn

This must be rather distressing when you thought you had got over it all.  My friend in Canada had her unaffected breast reduced in order to "match" the affected breast better.  This was all covered on the provincial state health care.  Not an ideal solution but a possibility??  Good luck with it.

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Hi, I had my lumpectomy many years ago--1999 and radiation after the surgery--Everything went very well-Thank God and since then my breast have changed in size--my lumpectomy was to the right breast. My left breast is a size 36C and the right has gotten a lot smaller over time--I was using pads to make up the difference, but now my right breast is about 3 sizes smaller, so pads are no longer doing the job--I find that no matter what bra I buy-I look lopsided--do you have any ideas for me?? I did ask my doctor at my last mamogram why my (right)breast)got so much smaller-and she said over time--it was from the radiation.. I guess I never thought  that it would take so long for it to make such a difference..

Please I would welcome any ideas..

Sincerely, Marilyn

 

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Hi. I had my surgery two weeks ago. Lumpectomy and lymph nodes. I was fine the day after the surgery. I have tried to use my arm as normal  as much as possible after the operation. I have gone for long walks everyday since three days after the surgery and I hope to return to gym next week. I have worn sports bras quite a firm one in the day and a softer cotton one at night.  However I also found post operative bras in Matalan which are quite pretty and comfortable for day wear. These are available in both black and white. Although I did initially find the wider straps on the sports bra more supportive and comfortable. I hope this helps. Good luck with the operation. 

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I was in your exact situation a few months ago.  A month after I was diagnosed Ihad my appt and was given a date for my lumpectomy for 5 weeks after that.  They started me on the Letrozole right away though.  But you know what - I felt better then because we had a plan. Prior to that I didn't know what was in store. So I had 5 weeks to play golf, go to the gym and try to live normally, knowing that the Letrozole would stop any tumor growth.  I had my surgery, followed by radiotherapy 6 weeks later. I was lucky ant the radiotherapy hardly affected me at all- only a little red and itchy so it is not always as bad as the brochures make out. I'm all done now and don't have to go back for 6 months.  Try not to worry too much. Once you are given a date, things will start rolling and that is easier than the waiting.  My thoughts are with you.

KoshLake

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hi there,

Today I'm going to hospital to be given the date for my lumpectomy after being told 2 weeks ago that I have a breast cancer. Am hunting too for comfy bras that will give me a bit of support but be comfortable too.

I'm absolutely terrified of the surgery then 6 weeks after that I've to start radiotherapy.

I find myself in floods off tears and feel quite overwhelmed by it all at times then pull myself together and become more positive.

This is one long journey that I wish I wasn't on!

Speedy recovery to you and stay well.

Blue :-(