Useful resources: breast cancer surgery

Posted by Sara Liyanage on 02 October 2017

The main point that we would make here is that you should ensure you make an informed decision about your surgery by speaking to your breast surgeon and taking a second opinion if you feel it is necessary.

Information about the different types of surgery

A breast cancer surgeon’s view of breast cancer surgery – Dr Tasha Gandamihardja

Breast Cancer Now guide to breast cancer surgery

Making decisions

Macmillan has a helpful guide to making decisions about your surgery here.

The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control by Professor Trisha Greenhalgh (Author), Dr Liz O’Riordan is an excellent book with chapters dedicated to surgery options and reconstruction options, including questions to ask your medical team.

Preparing for surgery

Surgery prep & planning checklist

What to take to hospital for a mastectomy

Breast Cancer Now has a booklet on what to expect when you go into hospital for breast cancer surgery which you can download or order here


Breast Cancer Now

Cancer Research UK


Breast Cancer Now  information about undergoing a mastectomy.

Drain Dollies for drain bags

Jen’s Friends for small post-surgery pillows

Knitted Knockers UK  is a charity which provides free knitted breast prosthetics for ladies who have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy.

11 Things No One Tells You About Getting a Double Mastectomy – article on

Mastectexpect for lots of very helpful information about mastectomies including a downloadable guide to what to expect.

Mastectomy Network on Facebook is an independent resource sharing mastectomy and reconstruction procedures and outcomes, helping patients make better informed decisions.

Breast reconstruction

A breast cancer surgeon’s view of breast cancer surgery – Dr Tasha Gandamihardja

Breast Cancer Now have a booklet on breast reconstruction surgery which you can download or order here

Keeping Abreast is a charity dedicated to supporting women through and after breast reconstruction.

Diep C Foundation is a US non-profit organisation focused on supporting people in deciding on breast reconstruction options. They have helpful information, support offerings, blog posts and a great podcast. Terri Coutee, the founder, shared her tips with us about shared decision making, in this guest article.

ABC Diagnosis  is a website set up by a lady with secondary breast cancer which focuses on your options for breast cancer surgery and reconstruction.

3D Nipple Tattoo for those people who decide not to go for reconstruction but want to have a permanent nipple tattoo.

PRMA Plastic Surgery there are a lot of helpful and informative blog articles on this website about breast reconstruction.

Living flat

Flat Friends is dedicated to supporting women who have had mastectomy surgery without breast reconstruction, including those who may face such decisions now or in the future, due to either a breast cancer diagnosis or preventative surgery. They have an excellent downloadable guide to living without reconstruction.

Flat Friends UK: guest blog about who they are and what they do

Living without breasts – Juliet Fitzpatrick

Post surgery lingerie

Marks & Spencer and Asda have a good range.

Recoheart for post surgery bras.

Simply Zoe for post surgery lingerie.

Simply Zoe lingerie: I set this up following my cancer diagnosis

Valiant lingerie for post surgery lingerie.

Royce lingerie for post surgery lingerie.

Exercising and physio after surgery

A video on exercises to help with cording from Cancer Research UK

The Breast Cancer Now booklet on exercises after surgery can be downloaded or ordered here 

Guys and St. Thomas Hospital guide to post-surgery exercise and physio

Seromas and other immediate post-surgery issues

Breast Cancer Now guide to post-surgery issues

Scar tissue problems

Scar tissue release – Emma Holly


Please refer to the lymphoedema page for tips and links to helpful resources.

Guest blog posts on the topic of surgery published on this site:

Drain Dollies: how I set up DD following my mastectomy – Charlotte Wood

Starting up Diep C Foundation – Terri Coutee

The information and content provided on this page is intended for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice.

Reviewed July 2021.


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