Category Archives: prosthesis

Things to Remember Following a Mastectomy

Those of us who have had a mastectomy or bilateral mastectomy need to be aware of certain situations that can occur after having a breast or breasts removed. What follows is a list of some of these things:
Phantom Breast Pain – You may have a  feeling pain in the breast that has been removed.
Phantom breast pain can happen after mastectomy for the same reasons phantom pains happen after limb amputations. The brain continues to send signals to nerves in the breast area that were cut during surgery, even though the breast is no longer there.
Phantom breast pain after a mastectomy …


Breast Cancer, Medical Bills and Health Insurance

Life after breast cancer may hold concerns and issues that impact on your quality of life. Two main issues are…medical bills and health insurance.
Life for some survivors includes finding ways to pay off medical expenses related to treatment, expenses not entirely covered by their insurance plans Unfortunately they will be doing so for some time to come. Most private insurance plans have co-pays that can be substantial when you have surgery, chemo and/or radiation.
Here are some suggestions for dealing with the medical bills impacting on your life following treatment from Laura Riley, ESQ, in her post of 7/29/2011 on the …


After Active Treatment…Then What?

After completing active treatment your treatment journey may not be over.
Depending on the results of the path report there may still be other treatments or medication regimens that your oncologist recommends to prevent a recurrence.
If your cancer was estrogen-fed (ER positive) your oncologist will want you to take hormone therapy(orally) daily for five years. It is important that you understand why you are taking this medication; how it is intended to work in your body; what you can anticipate as side effects and what actions and/or medications you can take to reduce the discomfort of any sided effects you may …


Breast Prostheses and Travel Security

While I have not flown since acquiring my breast prostheses two years ago, I have traveled by cruise ship and gone through a similar security system as to what is used in airports. Fortunately, I was not stopped or questioned or required to go through a more extensive body search procedure. However, other women have.
Last year, a flight attendant’s experience going through airport security made national news as she was put through an extensive search even after she explained that she was wearing a breast prosthesis.
I came across the following article about a breast prosthesis card that might be of …