Tips For Fitting Breast Cancer Bras

by | Jul 6, 2016 | Shopping

After going through breast cancer treatment, women with a single or a double mastectomy should take the time to ensure they are making the right choice in size of a bra.

Often the common mistake is to assume the bra size before the procedure is the right choice for breast cancer bras after the procedure. However, it may be that the original bra you were wearing wasn’t the right size in the first place. Additionally, now your body has changed, so taking the time to get the right fit is important.

Another factor to keep in mind is that women’s bodies naturally change as they age. Whether a woman has a mastectomy or not, having a bra fitted professionally at least one a year will help to make sure you are buying the right size. If you experience weight loss or weight gain you may want to consider having a bra fitting at that time if you notice your current bras seem uncomfortable or are riding up or simply not fitting correctly.


If you are measuring yourself, it is a good idea to ask a friend, spouse or partner to help. It can be very difficult to make sure the tape is in the right place for a correct reading. Remember, even a twist in the back can result in an inaccurate measurement.

Start by putting on a bra that is comfortable and that is a bra you would normally wear. Measure around the ribcage with the tape measure directly under the bustline. Depending on the type of bra this may be right on the elastic band or slightly above. The measuring tape should be smooth and tight around the body.

If the measurement is an even number, such as 30, add 4 inches. If the measurement is an uneven number, such as 29, add 5 inches. This is the band size for the bra.

Next, repeat the measurement, but over the center of the fullest part of the natural breast from the center of the chest to the center of the backbone. Do this only on the side with the natural breast. Double that number and compare it to the band size determined with the first measurement.

Any mastectomy site will list a breast cancer bras sizing chart. The difference between the two measurements will give you the correct cup size for the form. Women with a double mastectomy can consult a chart based on the band size alone in consideration with the shape they find most flattering.

Ideally, whenever possible go to a mastectomy shop and have a bra professionally fitted. Then, you can shop online with confidence knowing you have the right breast cancer bras and the right forms to create the look you want.

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