Post-mastectomy care is more than fitting bras, it is a vital step in the healing process for all breast cancer survivors. Whatever the care choice, proper post-mastectomy care begins immediately after, or slightly before, a mastectomy and extends throughout a person’s lifetime. It may involve simple education, multi-stage reconstruction surgery or external breast prostheses and specially designed and properly fit post-surgical garments, radiation or compression bras and lymphedema garments. Or, it may involve a combination of care.
Whatever the choices of care, each individual is entitled to appropriate and sufficient care provided by properly trained, licensed and Certified Fitters.
In collaboration with breast cancer survivors, Certified Fitters, medical professionals and breast cancer organizations, American Association of Breast Care Professionals has developed a post-mastectomy care patient bill of rights that outlines the basic rights and expectations of appropriate standards of post-mastectomy care.