This new bra promises comfort for breast cancer fighters

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Breast cancer survivors frequently complain about the comfort of their lingerie after having had surgery.

Now a New York startup medical wear company for people with disabilities promises to change that with a new, specialized bra for women who have undergone mastectomies and reconstructive breast surgeries.

The $65 Care + Wear Recovery Bra’s key feature is the incorporation into the soft banding of two access points for drains — tubes that carry away fluids from the surgery site.


Care + Wear co-founder and CEO Chat Razdan says the Manhattan-based firm consulted with plastic surgeons and their patients before producing the wire-free prototype made from nylon and spandex. Plus they found breast cancer survivors to test out and model the innovative design.

Kelly Thomas, 34, from Jackson, NJ, was one of the first women to try it out.

“I loved it,” she tells The Post. “I wish I’d had this after my mastectomy. It was so easy to put on since it’s fastened with Velcro and, after breast surgery, you don’t have much arm strength.”

Another road-tester, Tiffany Dyba, 36, a career coach from Queens, says: “I wish it was available after both my surgeries! The color was very sleek and the style was functional, but also very nice.”

Meanwhile, Anjali Karamchandani, 32, of Edgewater, NJ, who had a preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, says: “I loved how it felt secure but not overly tight. I really liked that it would fit well under clothes and still looked fashionable and not at all like what I received at the hospital.”

Besides the drain access points, front opening and strap closures, the bra — which has a keyhole back for increased breathability — features a mesh lining comfortable for breast and nipple reconstruction. Plus the pockets in the lining can be filled with ice and cooling packs to relieve pain post-surgery.



By Jane Ridley

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