NAGS HEAD, N.C.—For many women, breast cancer treatment can result in changes that affect how you look and how you feel about your body. These changes are tough and hard to adapt to, but there are things that you can do to overcome the appearance-related effects of surgery—all while improving and maintaining self-image and confidence. And many women are not aware that Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance companies will cover the cost of breast prostheses and mastectomy bras.

On August 18th beginning at 1:00 pm, The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center, in partnership with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Dare County and Albemarle Orthotics and Prosthetics, will offer a free prostheses and mastectomy clinic. Sylvia Meads, a registered mastectomy fitter who has more than 10 years of experience, will meet individually with patients in order to provide caring and competent services to women who are in need of a professional fitting for breast prosthesis and mastectomy bras.

The program will be held in the hospital’s Cancer Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building adjacent to The Outer Banks Hospital. Advanced registration is required to secure an appointment. To register, or for more information, please call Betse Kelly, MSW, Coordinator of the Cancer Resource Center, at 252.449.7350.

Participants in the program are asked to bring with them their insurance information. Albemarle Orthotics and Prosthetics will take care of working with your insurance provider to provide the fitting at no charge. For patients lacking insurance coverage, the Cancer Resource Center will help facilitate other financial resources available that will allow you to attend this program.