Prayers, Support and Advice for Giuliana Rancic


Prayers, Support and Advice for Giuliana Rancic
As prayers go out to Giuliana for her double mastectomy, some advice for her post surgery body.

By GalTime Stylist Jene Luciani

This month's Bra Gal column is actually inspired by someone who has been in the news lately. TV personality and host Giuliana Rancic announced she is battling the early stages of breast cancer at the age of 36. Shortly after making that announcement on NBC's Today Show and undergoing a lumpectomy, she returned to the morning news to share with viewers that she plans to undergo a double mastectomy and immediate reconstruction .

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Since then, I've received several letters asking my thoughts on what Giuliana will face after her life-saving surgery, while adjusting to her new breasts. I actually tackle this topic in depth in my book, The Bra Book (BenBella, 2009), and have written several articles in the past on the advancements of breast reconstruction surgeries over the past few years.

Post-mastectomy bras are usually made of soft, breathable cotton and are adjustable to keep from irritating the surgery site. A post-mastectomy bra should not only be comfortable for sensitive and sore breasts, but should also be easy to move in, and help boost a woman's confidence after such a life-changing experience.

Unfortunately, most of us know someone like Giuliana who has had to undergo a breast removal procedure, or a mastectomy. This is usually done as a treatment for (or in some cases for the prevention of) breast cancer, which 1 in 8 women will get in her lifetime, according to American Cancer Society statistics. Here are my tips for Giuliana as she moves into this new phase of her life:

Some companies are even going that extra step to make these post-surgical bras more comfortable for women. Amoena's Hanna Collection is one of the industry's first to offer camisoles and bras infused with Vitamin E and Aloe to ease discomfort and promote healing after breast surgery. The company also has specially trained fit specialists on hand to help breast cancer patients find the best bra to meet their needs.

Vera Garofalo, post-mastectomy expert and program manager of Hope's Boutique at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Insitute in Dublin, OH, strongly recommends visiting a "certified" mastectomy fitter, and I often get questions from women on how they can find one in their area. offers a free searchable database. Such a fitter can help Giuliana as she recovers from her surgery and beyond.

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Meanwhile, here are some general tips when shopping for a post-mastectomy and reconstruction bra :

The band of the bra should hook so it fits comfortably snug. Just like with regular bras, the recommendation is to fit on the middle hook to accommodate for the fabric stretching over time. You should be able to comfortably insert two fingers under the band.

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