There are 2 main types of breast cancer surgery:
- breast-conserving surgery, where the cancerous lump (tumour) is removed
- mastectomy, where the whole breast is removed
In many cases, a mastectomy can be followed by reconstructive surgery to try to recreate a breast.
Studies have shown that breast-conserving surgery followed by radiotherapy is as successful as total mastectomy at treating early-stage breast cancer.
Breast-conserving surgery ranges from a lumpectomy or wide local excision, where the tumour and a little surrounding breast tissue is removed, to a partial mastectomy or quadrantectomy, where up to a quarter of the breast is removed.
If you have breast-conserving surgery, the amount of breast tissue that is removed will depend on:
- the type of cancer you have
- the size of the tumour and where it is in your breast
- the amount of surrounding tissue that needs to be removed
- the size of your breasts
Your surgeon will always remove an area of healthy breast tissue around the tumour, which will be tested for traces of cancer.
If there's no cancer present in the healthy tissue, there's less chance that the cancer will return.
If cancer cells are found in the surrounding tissue, more tissue may need to be removed from your breast.
After having breast-conserving surgery, you'll usually be offered radiotherapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
For more information click through the the NHS website and if you notice any changes in your breasts or are worried at all please contact your GP.
Our first collection has been designed for the different outcomes of surgery. For breast conserving surgery such as lumpectomies or wide local incision we would recommend any of our non-pocketed bras.
This non pocketed bra is designed with an inner hammock to provide extra support without the need for underwires! Perfect for women who have had a reconstruction, lumpectomy or a natural breast. The high apex design is ultra flattering and is great for any woman wanting a supportive and uplifting wire free bra.
This soft bra is a beautiful choice for a range of breast sizes. The ruched silk underband is not only sumptuous but also very supportive. It has inner support hammocks and supportive side boning which works wonders for that cleavage! The removable silk covered straps provide you with a number of style options so you can wear it whatever way takes your fancy. – We love options!
This front fastening wire free bra uses the softest breathable jersey, trimmed with sumptuous silk. With discreet pockets this bra is perfect for any post op outcome. Designed to provide amazing post surgery support to any size of breast, you can pair it with our Fearless Pant to complete your set.
A fresh take on the classic bralette, this fun peplum trimmed lace bra has contrasting silk covered straps. This bra is perfect for anyone who doesn’t require a pocket in their post surgery bra and the seaming has all been thoughtfully placed to avoid scarring. The added support of the elastic underband and mesh lined cups negates the need for damaging underwires. The stretchy nature of the fabric also gives room for larger boobs, making it suitable for up to a LoveRose 1X.