For women dealing with the aftermath of a mastectomy or even the more conservative lumpectomy, the physical loss can also be very emotional.
"It's a crisis for them," said Certified Mastectomy Fitter Andrea Retherford. "For most women, they haven't had a lot of time to get settled in to what's really happening to themselves. They have a lot of decisions to make all of a sudden."
Retherford said there are many options to mask the physical loss.
"After we've taken measurements and all that preliminary stuff, we do have an enormous supply and variety of forms and bras to select from so they feel they are very close to being as normal as possible," she said. "Most walk out of here feeling very happy about themselves."
Women who have lumpectomies also have options including forms and shapers which will reconstruct their original shape.
For more information about options after breast cancer surgery, call 454-4701.