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Post-Mastectomy Assistance Gave Hope to Cindy

Cindy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991 at the age of 32. She had noticed that her breasts were still sore after her monthly cycle had ended, so she thought it was worth checking out. She went in for a mammogram on a Wednesday and the technician noticed a mass in her left breast, resulting in a biopsy to be scheduled. She went in for the biopsy the following Friday but instead, the surgeon decided to remove her left breast. She then began chemotherapy in January of 1992, and in April of that year, she was in remission.

Twenty years later, in 2012, reconstructive surgery was performed. Recently, however, she suffered a setback when her implant ruptured in two places causing the implant to be removed. So, after conquering cancer, Cindy was back to square one and in need of a prosthesis and mastectomy bras.

That was tough news to take. But the real blow came when she learned that her insurance wouldn’t cover these items. It was a dark day for Cindy, and having just retired along with her husband, they were in no position to pay for these things out of pocket. Typically, a prosthesis can cost between $170 and $250, and bras can average $35 each.

Thanks to West Cancer Foundation, her tears turned to tears of joy when she learned that she qualified for post-mastectomy assistance. Thanks to generous donors to West Cancer Foundation, Cindy was able to get a prosthesis and bras that are specially designed for women who’ve had a mastectomy, all at no charge to her. The program provides free post-mastectomy assistance and supplies for women who are uninsured or underinsured so that no woman has to bear the burden of not having access to these critically important items.

“I couldn’t believe it when West Cancer Foundation told me I qualified. I cried. These resources weren’t available when I was first diagnosed 30 years ago. Knowing there is a program available for women with similar needs is wonderful, and I so appreciate the foundation for giving me hope during this very hard time.” Cindy D.

To learn more about post-mastectomy assistance from West Cancer Foundation, visit

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