Prosthesis / Bra Fitting
All women who have had breast cancer surgery are entitled to their first prosthesis and two bras free of charge. We work with independent suppliers who provide a full range of products including bras, prosthesis, and swimwear. Professional fitting is provided on an appointment basis in a private, quiet, and confidential space. It is advisable to wear a plain top that is not too loose to give you the best idea of the fit. We will also help advise you regarding your entitlements if you have a medical card or health insurance. Please contact 057-8681492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
We work with independent suppliers who provide a full range of compression garments. Professional fitting is provided on an appointment basis in a private, quiet, and confidential space. We will also help advise you regarding your entitlements if you have a medical card or health insurance. Please contact 057-8681492 or email email@example.com to request an appointment.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Our specialist manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) nurse specialised gentle massage for patients with Lymphoedema which reduces and minimises swelling a condition which may result from surgery or radiotherapy. This service is delivered free of charge but we to ask for a referral letter from your Specialist or GP approving you to have this treatment. Please contact 057-8681492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
Having a healthy diet may reduce your risk of cancer. It is important to include fruit and vegetables in your diet. Also ensure that your diet is high in ﬁbre and low in saturated fat, salt, red and processed meat. It is also important to consider how you eat well if you have cancer. The type of cancer you have and/or cancer treatment may affect your appetite. This can be difficult as you need the nutrients from food to stay strong. There is also a lot of confusing information out there on ‘special’ diets and supplements. It is important to discuss with your doctor before making any huge changes. it is best to stick with a balanced diet with lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. Limit your sugar, caffeine, salt, and alcohol intake. Drink plenty of fluids too, water is the best choice. We have developed a presentation with dietitians on Diet and Cancer including information on supplements with myths and misconceptions. We also have a wide range of publications available on healthy eating and nutrition available. Please contact us at 057-8681492 or email: email@example.com if you would like further information.
Dealing with Hair Loss
Hair loss or hair thinning is a common side effect of cancer treatment but not everyone experiences it. Hair loss can happen as a side effect of chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, or a stem cell (bone marrow) transplant. These cancer treatments can harm the cells that help hair grow anywhere on your body including your eyebrows, eye lashes and pubic hair. For many people losing their hair can be distressing, it can be a constant reminder of your cancer and what you are going through. But for most people, their hair will grow back once treatment has finished. Your doctor or specialist nurse will let you know if your treatment might cause hair loss. You can order your wig before treatment starts and some people cut their hair shorter or shave it off to help prepare themselves. You may find that your scalp is itchy, and an emollient cream is best to cleanse your scalp, ask your pharmacist for further advice. Avoid anything such as colouring or heated styling equipment if you are experiencing hair thinning. Also, remember to protect your scalp from the sun. Some chemotherapies are sensitive to cold caps which are worn during chemotherapy to protect the hair follicles, and thus reduce the loss of hair. Ask your doctor or nurse if this is appropriate for you.
There are many reputable wig, hairpiece, and headwear suppliers throughout Ireland and online. You may be entitled to help towards the cost of your wig, hairpiece, or headwear.
Please contact us on 057-8681492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to avail of support or for information regarding wig, hairpiece and headwear suppliers, your entitlements if you have a medical card or health insurance.