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Breast reduction. cancer patient. lumpectomy,radiation

in 2005 I had breast cancer. got a lumpectomy, lymph node surgery, and radiation on my right side.
I am very large breasted. I have had increasing pain in my right shoulder, right side of my neck, and upper right side of my back. I have BCBS insurance.
Do you think BCBS would allow breast reduction surgery on me to reduce my breast size to alleviate my shoulder, neck and upper back pain? A friend told me the radiation treatment probably changed the density of my breast and that it is denser and heavier and causing the pain.  I cant pay for a strictly cosmetic procedure. I have been treated for back problems by an orthopedic. I go to my oncologist every 6 months.
I'm not sure what the process is to get this surgery covered under my insurance (but not as a strickly cosmetic procedure).  I live near Raleigh NC if you know of a cosmetic surgeon that could help me. thanks.
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