which mastectomy bra to buy for mastectomy and radiation treatment

The Difference Between a Mastectomy Bra vs a Normal Bra

Many women that have breast cancer will undergo either a lumpectomy, mastectomy, and possibly radiation treatment. These breast cancer treatment methods both leave women feeling uncomfortable with their regular go-to bras and in need of something designed with them in mind.

What are the Differences Between a Mastectomy Bra and a Normal Bra?

  1. Ultra Soft Material - One major issue for those who have had a mastectomy or radiation treatment is sensitive cut or burn areas. These cuts and burns are irritated by normal bras that are not designed with radiation or surgery in mind. Mastectomy bras are made of much softer material, usually a soft cotton blend.
  2. Pocketed Bras - Many mastectomy bras are pocketed to help those who have not opted for breast reconstruction surgery to place breast forms or bra inserts inside for a better balance.
  3. Supportive Straps - Another key feature of many mastectomy bras is thicker softer bra straps to help with support and avoid skin irritation or discomfort.
  4. Deeper Arm Holes - For those who have had breast cancer, lymph nodes are most often removed. This incision can cause great discomfort when having a non surgical bra press against it. 

What Mastectomy Bra Should I Buy?

Each woman is unique and may require or prefer different things for their breast cancer treatment journey however we have organized our top picks for you for you by treatment:

Best Mastectomy Bras:

  • Pocketed Front Closure by Anaono

  • Voted Best Post-Mastectomy Bra by InStyle Magazine, this is one of the very best front-closure recovery bras out there thanks to its unique combination of softness, adjustability and style. It offers an ideal fit during recovery, post-recovery and beyond thanks to its versatile design and feel. Made with a softer-than-cotton modal material, the bra provides a bit of comfortable compression for support through your recovery from surgery. It also features a front-closure design for easy post-surgery dressing and a wide back bridge for additional support through the back and underarms.

  • Molly Pocketed Plunge Bra by Anaono

  • Designed with you in mind, the versatile plunge front bra includes pocketed cups that easily accommodate pads for expanders, prostheses, or lightweight breast forms as needed, making it a must-have for radiation or post-surgery apparel.  The durable, flexible, and supremely soft textile makes the perfect material for people with sensitive skin.

    Best Radiation Treatment Bras:

    Lee Wire Free Bra by Amoena

    The Lee Wire Free Bra is soft and light made out of 90% cotton with wide straps for added comfort. It has molded cups and pockets for breast forms/prosthesis. The wire free design and deep arm pockets make it a perfect buy to women going through radiation therapy.

  • Lara Satin Wire Free Bra by Amoena

  • Wire free and made perfect for sensitive skin the Lara Satin Wire Free Bra is another top choice for women going through radiation. This comfortable t-shirt bra with satin trim and center bow detail is silky smooth under clothing. The lightly padded cups help to balance any unevenness or asymmetry. The seamless molded pockets are made from a breathable, temperature-balancing microfiber fabric.
  • Best Bra for Lumpectomy:

    Monica Full Coverage Bra by Anaono

    Crafted with care, this bra includes pockets that easily accommodate pads for expanders, prostheses or lightweight breast forms as needed. This bra also lays smoothly when nothing is in the pocket, making the Monica Full-Coverage Bra an especially versatile bralette to add to your collection.


    We hope our picks have helped you make a wise choice! For other Post surgical and mastectomy bras check out our catalog here.

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