What Can I Wear While Recovering From Breast Cancer Surgery?

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What Can I Wear While Recovering From Breast Cancer Surgery?

Tips about wardrobe post-surgery for breast cancer.

The breast cancer diagnosis was overwhelming enough. But then came the dozens of questions buzzing around in Patty White’s head, clamoring for answers. Among them: What will I wear after my surgery? It was 11 years ago that White, a resident of Norfolk, Virginia, went in for a double mastectomy as part of her cancer treatment. When she didn’t see any other options on the market for post-surgery clothing, she decided to settle for cheap men’s button-down shirts from Target. Her one wish then: more flattering clothes tailored for her post-operative needs.

Megan Sullivan has seen this struggle up close. In the winter of 2001, when Sullivan was just 9 years old, her then-42-year-old mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, a life-altering event that galvanized Sullivan to leverage her degree in fashion design and launch Grace B. Bold, a line of stylish clothes for women going through ordeals like the one her mother experienced many years ago. And while options have increased since White’s surgery, more than a decade ago, most of the choices today are very “loungewear focused,” says Sullivan, a Cincinnati-based businesswoman. “Many of these post-surgery clothes give women the feeling of bringing the hospital home with them.”

Also, argues Christine Guarino, founder of World of Pink, there’s no organized aftercare in terms of clothing following breast surgery. “The cancer and the breast have been removed, but then women are left to their own devices,” says Guarino, whose Long Island-based post-breast cancer organization works to restore balance and symmetry to women after surgery with a wide range of breast forms and prostheses.

Women (and men, and gender-nonconforming people) not only have to maneuver around these challenges, they also have to work with problems that present dressing challenges. Chief among them: leaky tubes that need to be hidden and a limited range of arm motion that severely restricts how easily they can dress themselves. These constraints accompany most breast surgeries, whether related to breast cancer or for other medical or cosmetic reasons.

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