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breast cancer post-surgical drains

FREE! I sew pretty pockets that discretely corral those dangling drains. I have offered them to several surgeons with no response. I offered them at the infusion center also and they said that would be something the surgeons would be interested in having for their patients. So my next option is the Breast Cancer Walk. There will be some available there for FREE. Or advise me where I can meet to pass them around.

  • Post #1
  • Tue Aug 13, 2019
Hi, I'm Angela Kelly

My doctor’s office hands them out at the last consultation before surgery.
I got three so that I could always have one clean. So much nicer than having the drains hanging down or safety pinned to clothes.

  • Post #2
  • Wed Aug 14, 2019
Hi, I'm Betti

My breast navigator recommended a special camisole that has pockets for drainage bulbs. My doctor had to order it so the insurance company would pay for it. I got one so I’d have something to wear home from the hospital and it was a Godsend.

  • Post #3
  • Fri Aug 16, 2019
Hi, I'm BFurr

My cancer center has a room that has hats and wigs and stuff like that for free. You may put some in there and if you talk to anyone ready for surgery you could mention they are there for free.

  • Post #4
  • Sun Aug 18, 2019
Hi, I'm June

I was diagnosed with stage 1 ductal cancer a year ago. Had a lumpectomy and paploma removed. I am on my third type of estrogen blocker, and call it the monster pill. I feel guilty complaining about neuropathy in my hands and feet, surely caused by the monster, when I read what some of you warriors are going through. My complaints are minor. My poor sister was diagnosed with stomach cancer this past year and my niece, uterine cancer. Both are taking chemo, and one is having radiation as well. What a mess we are but call and discuss our lives with each other. The emotional support is so healing. Cancer loves all of us. Doesn’t matter our race, gender, religion or how much money we have but it can’t take our hope and belief in God. All of you, stay strong. Remember, God does love us and can heal us. I will send up a prayer for all of you.

  • Post #5
  • Sun Aug 25, 2019
I'm Isabella S., and I'm a survivor of Breast Cancer

Hi Elizabeth JB. Your product sounds great. After bilateral mastectomy no one mentioned anything like this for drainage tubes. I have upcoming reconstruction surgery where they will use the trans flap and will have drainage tubes again. Where can I get something like this or buy one. I have all kinds of holes in my shirts from the drainage tubes (4) hanging from safety pins that I attached. Greatly appreciated.

  • Post #6
  • Fri Aug 30, 2019
Hi, I'm Betti

I got my camisole at a shop that specializes in post mastectomy bras, swimsuits, and prosthesis. It was there I got my bras and first prosthesis along with the camisole.

  • Post #7
  • Fri Aug 30, 2019
I'm Elaine L., and I'm a survivor of Breast Cancer

I got a lanyard and used the large safety pins to attach the drains to it. I could shower with it on then change to a new lanyard after I dried off. It wasn’t pretty but it worked and no holes in anything but me. I didn’t know about pockets.

  • Post #8
  • Sun Sep 1, 2019
Hi, I'm CINDY H.

Post #1 Those pockets are so helpful! I also have hanging pillows that I wore on my sides that were so helpful even months after the drains were removed. Check with other organizations for distribution, they are a wonderful gift. Check with American Cancer society to see if there is a Hope Lodge in your area to donate to or maybe American Cancer Society will have ideas. Is there a Gilda’s Club or something similar in your area? Thank you for doing this!

  • Post #9
  • Wed Sep 4, 2019

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