Question checklist

You may find the following questions useful when considering wearing a breast prosthesis.

You can talk to your breast care nurse, a breast prosthesis fitter, Cancer Council 13 11 20, a volunteer from Cancer Council Connect, or members of a breast cancer support group.

Learn more about good questions to ask:

Questions to ask the breast care nurse or fitter

  • Do I need to wear a breast prosthesis?
  • What kind of prosthesis would work best for me? Is there something suitable after breast-conserving surgery?
  • When can I start wearing a breast form?
  • How will wearing or not wearing a prosthesis affect me if I have lymphoedema?
  • What can I do if I find the breast form too heavy or I have other problems?
  • How long might it take to get used to the prosthesis?
  • Do I need to buy pocketed bras or can I wear regular ones?

Questions to ask about the fit

  • Is the bra comfortable when I take a deep breath?
  • When I lean forward, is the bra sitting flat against my chest?
  • Does the prosthesis feel secure in the bra?
  • Does the prosthesis match my skin tone?
  • Do I feel balanced? Does the surface of the bra look smooth?
  • Can I see edges of the prosthesis sticking out of the top or sides of the bra? (If so, the bra/form isn’t the right fit.)
  • Do I like how I look with the prosthesis in place?

Questions for the fitter

  • How long will the fitting take?
  • Can I bring a support person to the fitting?
  • If I don’t want to remove my bra, is it possible to be measured for a prosthesis and/or pocketed bra without doing so?
  • Do you have a wide range of styles and colours?
  • Can you order other styles if the ones in stock aren’t suitable?
  • Is there a prosthesis that keeps me cool?
  • If the prosthesis feels heavy, can I get a lighter breast form?
  • What is the price range of the prostheses and bras you sell?
  • Can I wear a prosthesis without wearing a pocketed bra?
  • How do I care for the prosthesis?
  • What can I do if the prosthesis I bought is not suitable?
  • What happens if I puncture my prosthesis?
  • What is the warranty period for the prosthesis?
  • How long will my prosthesis last?
  • What should I do if my breast size changes before I’m due for a replacement?
  • Can I have a second copy of the receipt for my records?

This information was last reviewed in June 2017
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