Mastectomy - Frequently Asked Questions
Our customers tell us that asking questions of someone who has undergone Breast Cancer is very helpful. Seeing the options of the post surgery camisole, bras, swimwear, and breast forms can create a sense of control during a time when most women report high levels of stress. Let us help you feel safe, secure, confident and stand proudly.
When do women come to My Left Breast?
Everyone is different, although most women are doers and part of their to-do list prior to surgery is a visit to My Left Breast.
Why would I come prior to surgery?
When can I be fitted for a breast form (prosthesis)?
Usually after 4 - 6 weeks or when your swelling is down and healing is complete. If you are unsure, just pop into the shop and we will be able to help.
What is the government funding, where are the forms, what do I do?
The Ontario Ministry of Health, Breast Prosthesis Grant program covers $195 for a full prosthesis and $105 for a lumpectomy partial prosthesis. However, this program covers a portion of the cost of your full or partial prosthesis. We have the forms and will help you fill them out for your ease and convenience. If you have any questions we are here to help ease the process.
Does the government cover the costs of mastectomy bras?
No, unfortunately mastectomy bras are not covered by government funding. If you have extended benefit insurance, call your insurance carrier to learn what your individual plan covers, as many plans cover 2-6 bras per year. Please let us know if you do not have benefits and we will ensure you are properly fitted in the most economical bra and prosthesis. As well, any costs not covered by government funding or extended benefit insurance may qualify as a medical expense for your income taxes, retain your receipts for income tax.