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Breast cancer survivors have usually undergone multiple surgeries, one of which is a mastectomy. People think that once the cancer is gone, the trials and tribulations are over. Of course anyone in a similar situation would love to hear the words, “Ma’am, you are cancer-free!” But this does not necessarily mark the end of your journey to recovery. You can feel like you have lost a part of what defines your femininity which can in turn be a big blow to your self-esteem.

There are five different kinds of mastectomies:

  1. Simple (or total) mastectomy

In this surgery the entire breast or the nodes within the breast tissue are removed and not the lymph nodes found at the underarms. This is usually performed on women with large carcinoma in situ or women that get prophylactic mastectomies to prevent the possibility of future breast cancer.

  1. Modified radical mastectomy

This procedure involves the removal of the entire breast and two levels of the underarm lymph nodes but not the muscle tissue. This is done to remove invasive breast cancer and the underarm lymph nodes are tested to see if the cancer has spread.

  1. Radical mastectomy

This is the removal of the entire breast, chest wall muscles under the breasts and all three levels of underarm lymph nodes. This is performed when a modified radical mastectomy will not remove the presence of cancer.

  1. Partial mastectomy

This preserves healthy breast tissue when the cancer cells or tumours can be pinpointed and removed.

  1. Subcutaneous mastectomy

Also called a nipple-sparing mastectomy, this is when all breast tissue is removed but the nipple is left intact.

Breast prosthesis

Even women who plan on undergoing breast reconstruction after a mastectomy have to wait up to a year before they can do so. The tissue needs to be healed and you could be forced to wait even longer if you still require radiation or other cancer treatment after the mastectomy has been performed.

Meintjes & Neetling is a team of orthotics and prosthetics practitioners who are dedicated to empowering women and restoring their confidence. After surgery (and treatment) the chest is hyper-sensitive so while you heal you have the option to make use of a temporary breast prosthetic call a softie. Once the tissue has healed and the swelling has gone down (after six to eight weeks) Meintjes & Neethling can fit you with a permanent prosthesis and provide a suitable, properly fitting bra.

Hereafter it’s up to you again to go out and conquer the world!

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