By Margot Malin, Founder of Lots To Live For, Inc.
Patients who are undergoing radiation therapy on the underside of their breasts may develop radiation dermatitis, painful sores, and even weepy lesions in the skin folds beneath their breasts. The inflammation can be worsened by excessive perspiration and the chafing resulting from skin-to-skin contact. Once these side effects occur the patient experiences significant discomfort. They tend to heal very slowly.
We’d like to introduce you to a new product called the Breast Comfort Sling which can help improve comfort and prevent the continuing abrasion or fold over effect. The BreastComfort Sling allows the breast to rest on a soft cushion giving freer air circulation while wicking away perspiration to keep the sore area dry. The straps are adjustable so there is no pressure on the neck or shoulder, or on the sore areas beneath the breast. The cushion provides a comfort barrier between the breast and the skin beneath it to prevent excessive chafing, and the antimicrobial material discourages bacteria growth.The most effective way for women who are receiving radiation therapy to the underside of the breast to minimize excessive side effects to the skin is to begin wearing the BreastComfort Single Sling from the beginning of treatment. However, the wearing the sling can be initiated at any time during treatment, or even after treatment to reduce lingering radiation dermatitis or other skin discomfort. Wearing the sling as many hours as possible throughout the day, especially when sleeping, is most effective.
The BreastComfort Sling is designed to be worn without a bra. Therefore, if patients want to wear a bra during the day, perhaps at work or when “out and about”, the BreastComfort Strapless Cushioned Bra Inserts are recommended. The pad (bra insert), with no straps, is tucked underneath the breast, inside the bra cup, offering both comfort to sore breasts throughout the day, and further protection from rubbing against the bra and underwires. Wearing a bra with a band beneath the underwire is preferable to prevent the cushion from slipping out of place. (Some women may find it necessary to purchase a larger bra or cup size when wearing the BreastComfort Strapless Cushioned Bra Inserts).
The fabric for the BreastComfort Slings and Pads was specially selected because it is very soft and has both wicking and antimicrobial qualities. The straps are soft enough to be comfortable yet firm enough to hold their shape when worn across the shoulders. The slings stay in place, yet they are loose enough to avoid pressure and constriction across the neck and under the breast.
BreastComfort Slings and Pads were developed by Elizabeth Silver during her radiation oncology treatment and they proved so effective that her radiologist and oncologist were amazed at the excellent condition of her skin during her treatment. In fact, it was they who recommended that she begin to market the slings so that more women could benefit from the relief they provided.
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About Margot Malin: Intellectually curious and fiercely independent, Margot Malin has a passion for knowledge. After receiving her MBA from The Wharton School, she launched her career by analyzing and evaluating businesses. In 2002 she embarked on the “creative reinvention” phase of her career with the intention of “giving back”. Margot founded Lots To Live For, Inc., an internet retailer that sells carefully selected products to reduce and relieve the uncomfortable and unpleasant side effects caused by chemotherapy and radiation.