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 may be hard to adapt to, but there are things that you can do to manage the appearance-related effects of surgery and other treatments—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 October 6th beginning at 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm, The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center, in partnership with the UNC Cancer Network in 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.

Participants in the program are asked to bring their insurance information with them to the fitting. Albemarle Orthotics and Prosthetics will take care of working with your insurance provider to provide the fitting at no charge. If you have no insurance there may be options or resources available that will cover the costs of mastectomy supplies.

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 schedule an appointment, or for more information, please call Betse Kelly, MSW, Program Manager of the Cancer Resource Center, at 252.449.7350.

About the UNC Cancer Network – Dare County

Dare County is one of the original sites for the UNC Cancer Network. The UNC Cancer Network seeks to improve cancer care and support across the state through 2nd Opinion Oncology Specialty Clinics in Dare County, Telemedicine consultations and videoconferencing of multidisciplinary team meetings with UNC’s top-notch patient care teams as they review individual treatment plans, Patient Navigation Programs – which connect oncology nurses with patients, families and caregivers to help overcome health system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality care through all phases of the cancer experience, community-based support such as Hands of Hope Community Care Team, and community presentations including Lunch and Learns and the Coping With Cancer symposium. The UNC Cancer Network is supported by the University Cancer Research Fund. For more information, see

About the Outer Banks Hospital Cancer Resource Center The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center is dedicated to helping patients with cancer better understand their diagnosis and treatment and cope with the disease. The Center, which was created with funds generated by The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council, offers a variety of services to help people dealing with cancer. This includes education, counseling, and helping patients connect with others sharing the same experience. All services of the Cancer Resource Center are provided at no cost.

The Center is located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building adjacent to The Outer Banks Hospital and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and by appointment. For more information, please call 252.449.7350, or email [email protected]