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Advocating for Better Healthcare for Breast Cancer Patients

Women living with breast cancer deserve to feel comfortable and secure, whether they're recovering from a recent mastectomy surgery or looking for a more customized prosthetic solution.

Today, if a woman has mastectomy surgery she has the option to choose reconstruction or off-the-shelf breast prosthesis. For the majority of women, these options will provide a great solution. However, not all women will be candidates for reconstruction surgery and not all off-the-shelf prostheses will be able to meet the needs of every woman. This is when it's important to know about custom. A custom breast prosthesis is made to fit the contour of a woman's unique chest wall.

Did you know?

The breast is the only body part not covered as a customized replacement by Medicare?

#MakeMeWholeAgain seeks to change the current Medicare guidelines to allow reimbursement for custom prostheses.

Each woman is beautiful and unique, and they deserve to choose the solution that meets their needs, including custom breast prostheses.

Reasons a woman may choose custom breast prosthesis:

  • For some women, reconstruction surgery is not an option based on medical history or diagnosis.
  • If not able to fit properly, an off-the-shelf prosthesis will move and shift causing constant adjustments to stay in the correct position.
  • An off-the-shelf prosthesis is not available to match their remaining breast.
  • For some women, an off-the-shelf prosthesis is heavy and hot. This may cause back and shoulder injury from the weight.
  • After surgery, the surface of the chest wall is not flat. Some women will have divots or concave areas that are difficult to fit with a flat-backed off-the-shelf prosthesis.

Medicare has already created a billing code and fee schedule. The only thing needed is legislation to allow coverage.

Since many health insurance companies follow Medicare guidelines, it's important for women everywhere to pass this legislation so breast cancer patients can be allowed to choose the solution that works best: reconstruction, off-the-shelf breast prosthesis or custom breast prosthesis.

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