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- Breast prostheses
This section provides practical information about breast prostheses for women who have had breast surgery.
Learn more about:
- When can I start to wear a prosthesis
- My care kit
- What to consider — breast prosthesis
- Material used in prostheses
- Types of prostheses
- Buying a breast prosthesis
- Wearing a breast prosthesis
- Caring for a breast prosthesis
- Travelling with a breast prosthesis
- Costs and financial assistance
After surgery, the breast area will be tender, but you can choose to wear a light temporary breast prosthesis called a soft prosthesis (or soft form) immediately. The soft prosthesis can be worn in a bra that has a pocket (post-surgical bra).
If the bra feels too tight or rubs against your scar, you can wear a crop top or camisole with a pocket in it. You can wear a soft prosthesis when you have radiation therapy. This is because it is light and made from a smooth material such as polyester.
When you have recovered from treatment, you can be fitted for a permanent prosthesis. You may need to wait up to two months after surgery and for six weeks after radiation therapy to give the skin and other tissue time to heal. Every woman is different so check with your surgeon or breast care nurse about how long you need to wait.
My Care Kit
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) provides a free bra and temporary soft form for women who have recently had breast cancer surgery. The bra is designed to be worn immediately after surgery. It has seams that avoid pressure on scars, and extra hooks and eyes to adjust the bra for any swelling. It can also be done up from the front or back, making fastening easier. To order a My Care Kit, speak to your breast care nurse.
A/Prof Elisabeth Elder, Specialist Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Sydney, NSW; Dragana Ceprnja, Senior Physiotherapist and Health Professional Educator, Westmead Hospital, NSW; Jan Davies, Consumer; Rosemerry Hodgkin, Consumer; Gillian Horton, Owner and Director, Colleen’s Lingerie and Swimwear, ACT; Ashleigh Mondolo, Clinical Nurse Consultant Breast Care Nurse, Mater Private Hospital South Brisbane, QLD; Dr Jane O’Brien, Specialist Oncoplastic Breast Cancer Surgeon, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, VIC; Moira Waters, Breast Care Nurse, Breast Cancer Care WA; Sharon Woolridge, Consumer; Rebecca Yeoh, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Queensland.
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