For Health Professionals

For health professionals that wish to refer clients to Bressante:

Call us 204-334-1206 local, 1-877-607-7645 toll free

Fax us 204-334-0839

Email us info@bressante.com

Please call to book an appointment.

When clients come to see us they should bring the following:

  • a current Rx for a breast prosthesis
  • bras that fit if possible
  • any clothing items that they are having challenges with

We do have an assortment of bras that work well with prosthetics and a woman’s curves. We can educate women about what to look for when shopping for a bra.

REHABILITATION AFTER BREAST CANCER

Denise Stewart, is an Occupational Therapist trained in Australia at University of Queensland. For 25 years, Denise has been a leader in developing improved rehabilitation services for women who have had breast cancer. She is the coordinator for the breast cancer rehabilitation summit, an online event for professionals and survivors of breast cancer.

To visit Denise Stewart’s website click here

To view the breast cancer rehabilitation summit 2017 videos click here


Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymph fluid in the tissue that causes swelling in the arms, legs, or other parts of the body such as trunk, breast, or neck.  Lymphedema can be either primary or secondary.  Primary lymphedema is a congenital abnormality and can show at birth, puberty, or menopause.  Some primary lymphedema is hereditary and can affect several limbs.

Secondary lymphedema is characterized by identifiable causes and is often  seen after surgical dissection of lymph nodes for breast, gynaecological, prostate, or melanoma cancers, often combined with radiation.  Secondary lymphedema may also develop due to surgery unrelated to cancer and other causes such as trauma, infections, venous/lymphatic insufficiency, or filariasis (a parasitic disease seen primarily in underdeveloped countries).

Treatment for lymphedema consists of teaching about lymphedema, the precautions to reduce the risk of infection or swelling, posturing, exercise, skin care and diet.  Treatment also includes measurement of the limbs, Manual Therapy for lymphedema (a very specific massage to reroute fluid from an affected area to a non-affected area that is provided daily if possible to reduce volume, pain and discomfort), compression wrapping, and teaching the simple home program of self-wrapping and self-drainage.  Compression wrapping is provided to reduce volume, and once the volume is stabilized a compression garment is required to control this volume.  This garment is applied in the morning, removed for the night and replaced on a regular basis to control volume.  As lymphedema is a chronic condition, there is follow-up and ongoing treatment as required at the request of the client.

    Lymphedema Association of Manitoba

    Box 403, Lac du Bonnet, MB, R0E 1A0

    E-mail: lymphmanitoba@yahoo.ca

    www.lymphmanitoba.ca

    Canadian Lymphedema Framework

    (416) 410-2250

    E-mail: canadalymph@live.ca

    www.canadalymph.ca

    Vodder Method of Lymphedema Therapy

    www.vodderschool.com

    If you have any concerns or questions please contact your physician.

    THE MANITOBA BREAST PROSTHESIS PROGRAM

    Bressanté is proud to now be a part of this program & to help women  across Manitoba find a soft and lightweight breast prosthesis that will suit their needs and lifestyle.

    Who is eligible ?

    Women are eligible if they:

    • Are Manitoba residents;
    • Have had a single or double mastectomy; and
    • Do not have the costs paid through other provincial or federal programs.

    Is there a cost to the eligible woman ?

    When choosing products that are under or equal to the benefit amount, the eligible woman does not pay. The Manitoba Breast Prosthesis Program will pay the Approved Retail Supplier directly.

    Prosthesis Options

    Option 1:

    • A benefit every two years of:
    • Up to $400 for one prosthesis for a single mastectomy; or
    • Up to $400 per prosthesis for a total of two prostheses for a double mastectomy; and
    • Up to $50 for one bra

    OR

    Option 2:

    A benefit every four years of:

    • Up to $800 for one prosthesis for a single mastectomy; or
    • Up to $800 per prosthesis to a total of two prostheses for a double mastectomy; and,
    • Up to $100 for one bra.

    How to Apply

    Step 1: Get a prescription.

    For the first prosthesis fitting a woman will be required to provide the approved retail supplier with a prescription, written by a practicing surgeon, physician or nurse practitioner in Manitoba. The approved retail supplier will fax the prescription to CancerCare Manitoba so that it can be kept on file for future use.

    Step 2: Choose a retail supplier and a program option.

    Option 1: There is no cost to the woman. Prostheses and brassieres must come from an approved supplier.

    Option 2: A woman must pay for a brassiere and/or prosthesis and submit the receipt(s) for reimbursement. The purchase can be made through any retailer.

    Step 3: Call ahead to book an appointment.

    Certified fitters are not always available. This is very important if you plan to shop on weekends. The supplier needs to confirm your eligibility for a prosthesis through the Manitoba Breast Prosthesis Program. This can be done before your appointment but only during regular business hours Monday to Friday.

    Bressanté is on the approved suppliers list for the Manitoba Breast Prosthesis Program.

    To learn more about this program & how YOU may be eligible, please contact us.

    Sizing Charts & Gallery

    Breast Prosthetics Measurement Chart

     Cup size Our Size

    Approx. Side to Side Measurement

    Approx. Top to Bottom Measurement

     

    A cup

    Small A

    Full A

    6.5 in (17 cm)

    7 in (18 cm)

    6.25 in (16 cm)

    6.25 in (16 cm)

    B cup

    Small B

    Full B

    7.5 in (19 cm)

    8 in (20 cm)

    7 in (18 cm)

    7.5 in (19 cm)

    C cup

    Small C

    Full C

    8.5 in (21 cm)

    8.75 in (22 cm)

    8 in (20 cm)

    8.25 in (21 cm)

    D cup

    Small D

    Full D

    9.25 in (24 cm)

    9 in (23 cm)

    8 in (20 cm)

    8.75 in (22 cm)

    DD cup

    Full DD

    9.75 in (25 cm)

    10.5 in (27 cm)

    DDD cup Full DDD 11.5 in (29.5 cm)

    10.75 in (27.5 cm)

     Stretchy Bra Sizing

     Our size
    Approx. Bra Size
    X-small
    32
    small
    34-36
    medium
    36-38
    large
    38-40
    X-large
    40-42

     

    Important Features To Look For In A Bra

    Image from Herroom.com

    1. Adjustable straps
    2. Good Separation between Cups
    3. Solid Underband
    4. Elastic in Cleavage Area
    5. Wide on the Sides

    Image from Herroom.com

    Image from Herroom.com

    1. Wide, padded straps
    2. Centre fits close to chest
    3. Full coverage cups
    4. Solid Underband
    5. Extra Support on sides

    Image from Herroom.com

    1. Front Closure
    2. Smooth Cups
    3. Wide Straps
    4. Support on Sides

      

    Small A Cup size (front & side view)

    Full A Cup size (front & side view)

    Small B cup size (front & side view)

    Full B cup size (front & side view)

    Small C cup size (front & side view)

    Full C cup size (front & side view)

    Small D cup size (front & side view)

    Full D cup size (front & side view)

    Full DD cup (front & side view)