Posts tagged ‘breast prosthesis’

Caregiver Support Program

A Caregiver Support Program is going to become available through a special program funded by a private foundation called The Underserved Outreach Project.

For low-income and minority families, supportive and palliative care is an area of great disparity in cancer care. The Lloyd Symington Foundation has partnered with Collinge and Associates to make available 300 copies of the family caregiver multimedia education program “Touch, Caring and Cancer: Simple Instruction for Family and Friends” to address this need. The materials will be given to cancer centers and organizations that serve low-income, minority and underserved populations, to help develop the untapped potential of family members to improve quality of life of their loved ones with cancer.

The target period for distribution of these programs is March 1-June 1, and early applications will receive priority consideration. Click Here for a program description and the application materials. If you are part of an organization that serves these groups, please check out the program announcement. And feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might appreciate the opportunity.

For ideas on how to use the program in caregiver support programs and workshops with your organization, download the Guide for Professionals here.

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February 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm Leave a comment

Prothesis, A Breast Cancer Resource

A breast cancer diagnosis may require surgery as a treatment option which can mean the loss of one or both breasts. Following a mastectomy or partial mastectomy, the need to make a decision for breast reconstruction and external breast prosthesis is an extremely personal one. Speaking with your physician and other breast cancer survivors can provide helpful information while making a decision. Women consider breast prosthesis, also known as breast forms for several reasons; to gain symmetry when wearing clothing, to protect surgical scars, to keep a bra from shifting under clothing, and to balance posture and shoulder weight. There are several types of breast forms including silicone, non-silicone, partial, attached, fabric and more. If you’re the crafty type homemade bosoms are also a prosthesis option as well. A “mastectomy bra” does not exist and breast prosthesis and bras are sold separately. One reason is that it would not be possible to wash a bra and prosthesis together. It is best to buy both at the same time so they can be fit together.

For those women who choose to get external breast prosthesis following a breast cancer surgery, there are several resources available to help obtain these forms. Private medical insurance, Medi-Cal and Medicare often may cover the cost.

Click here for a listing of resource referrals that provide assistance for getting breast forms.

If you have any questions regarding breast prosthesis or other cancer related questions, please contact me at Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource Line at 877-752-2120 or online at www.lacancerinfo.org . I’m here to help.

August 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment


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