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Contact Prosthesis Pro's and Con's please

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NetteW
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Re: Contact Prosthesis Pro's and Con's please

Dear Hopalong 

I am very hard to offend. Sounds like you have had a bit of a rough time. It will all be up now. I managed to walk my way through chemo and radio. I now accept that with Letrozole I must make excersis my lifes work. I hope you get on with the contact as well as I have. It can only get better. All my problems apart from the node scrap and lymph problems stem from my recon.  I am 3 years from left diagnosis and recon and 2 years from right diagnosis and chemo and rads,  1 year from corrective surgery. 1st year of freedom in 4 years of retirement.

So sending you love and hugs for a fit and healthy future. We all deserve it. NetteW

hopalong
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Re: Contact Prosthesis Pro's and Con's please

Nette, I hope I didn't offend by my look good comment. It was aimned at the lack of choice other than plain bras in white/black/nude, if your cup size is any higher than a D cup !!!!

The BCN is ordering my contact and it will be my NHS prosthetic, this will be my 3rd since September. Have had to wait until after chemo for the contact and hoping my skin does not react. I had no problems with tape/dressings pre chemo but had lots of problems and reactions to the PICC line dressings through chemo. There are plenty of options out their so I'm sure we will find a prosthetic that works.

Southpool it sounds as though you get on well with the contacts thanks for your input.

 

NetteW
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Re: Contact Prosthesis Pro's and Con's please

Hi Hopalong and southpool

I agree with sp and also stick to post surgery bras. I have found the sales or return service of Nicola Jane excellent, in fact all the suppliers have been good. By using post surgery bras I can always decided to use the pocket if needed. I like to talk to the customer service ladies as they are always very helpful. I admit that I am older just having had my 65 birthday and married ages but it is still nice to look good and be comfy. 

I am pleased you are going to give the contact form a try and hope you will find it as comfy as I do.

On a seperate point I have just received a knitted knocker, if you have not heard of them you can find them on GooglE, it is lovely and I think will become my relax form. 

Southpool if you are still using your post surgery softy in the evening you might like to try the weighted, foam form. They are very comfy and maintain there shape they are also very comfy for travelling.

Nette 

southpool
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Re: Contact Prosthesis Pro's and Con's please

I have had double mx & don't plan to have a reconstruction and use Amoena contact foobs ( when I'm not flat). They are great, don't notice I am wearing them & much less weight on my shoulders. One side does come a touch unstuck when I sweat but they don't move around in my bras. I still wear post surgery bras in the main because I find the fit better. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend x

hopalong
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Re: Contact Prosthesis Pro's and Con's please

Thanks for your reply Nette,

My BCN has been talking to me about them right from the first prosthetic fitting. She feels it will suit me as I have a large remaning breast and an active job which when I return to work involves bending forward and I have to wear a uniform, so she wants me to feel secure.

I'm also young at 41 so still going out and want to look good, and have been finding bra buying an issue post op.  

I never wanted a reconstruction when first told the news, and still aren't really bothered for one 6 months later.

Will give the contact a go and see how I get on with it.

If anyone else has any opinions then please feel free to let me know. You can read reviews but its not the same as someone you can have an interactive conversation with.

 

NetteW
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Re: Contact Prosthesis Pro's and Con's please

Hi Hopalong,

Sorry your tread took a bit of finding. I was given a contact prothesis by my BCN it has changed my life and how I feel about my flat side. It has downsides but I have only got one recon boob so life will never be perfect. It can hurt a bit to pull off and you have to scrub it every night. It is a little large towards my center line.

It feels completely natural. In fact if you lean on my recon boob or my contact prothesis you could not tell the difference. As I have a recon on the otherside my feeling is on the chest wall so to me they feel the same as well. I can walk around the house, bathroom to bedroom without it falling off. By evening it takes a bit of effort to remove. You can wear normal clothes with it and I even sunbathed topless with it, in a quiet corner. 

Best of all they are, I understand, all on a 3 month sale or return so you can try. Ameona have a convertion sheet to turn your normal silicone to contact. I am thinking of trying that for my up coming 9 day cycle tour. Last year I used a silicone in a pocket bra but am loathed to give up my contact, but think it might be to hot so with the new sheet it might be the best of both worlds.

Since getting my first bc in 2012 with recon then my 2nd bc with all the treatment I am an committed walker and we have taken up cycling. Both I currently do with the contact on. For swimming I have a dedicated swim form. 

I would say Hopalong give the contact a try. I was a little pushed into it by my BCN and thank her every time I see her. Good luck let me know how you get on. NetteW 

hopalong
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Re: Contact Prosthesis Pro's and Con's please

Thanks Janet.

 

Janet_BCC
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Re: Contact Prosthesis Pro's and Con's please

Hi hopalong

 

While you are waiting for some replies to your post, I wondered if you had seen our publication about prostheses. I've attached a link for you:

 

http://www2.breastcancercare.org.uk/sites/default/files/bcc123_breast_prostheses_2014_web.pdf

 

I hope this is helpful.

 

Very best wishes

 

Janet

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hopalong
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Contact Prosthesis Pro's and Con's please

Hi all, I had a radical mastectomy in September, I currently have a normal prosthetic which gives me a great shape and fits my pocketted bras well. My main problem is that the prosthetic does move and pushes its way accross the midline towards my remaining breast. The bra also tends to twist to the side too. I am also a larger lady e/f cup so finding mastectomy bras isn't the easiest. I have tried normal full cup bras but they dont work and movement is worse.

I had a chat with my BCN who has ordered me an ameona contact prosthetic to try. Just wondering what other ladies experiences were as can only find an old thread.

Thanks in advance xx