Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Prosthetic devices

Breast prostheses
Laryngectomies

Breast prostheses

Today’s improved treatment options mean that fewer women diagnosed with breast cancer will have a mastectomy. But for those women who must have a mastectomy, there now are available a variety of sources for breast prostheses.

Reach to Recovery
American Cancer Society
4240 Park Place Court
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
Toll free: (800) 227-2345

This rehabilitation program is designed to assist women who have had breast cancer. At a doctor’s request, a volunteer who has successfully adjusted to her own breast surgery visits the patient in the hospital, offering information as well as emotional support. Temporary breast prostheses are given to patients through this program.

Additional resources
Check your local Yellow Pages for additional prosthetics suppliers. The Patient Resource Library, (804) 828-8709, also has a variety of information about suppliers and breast forms.

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Laryngectomies

There are several types of speaking devices that are available for people with laryngectomies (surgical removal of the voice box). The most common are battery-operated electrolarynxes. Your speech therapist will help you choose the best type for you. Training from a qualified speech therapist is needed for proper use of an electrolarynx.

American Cancer Society
4240 Park Place Court
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
Toll free: (800) 227-2345

Ask for information on head and neck cancer and laryngectomy (surgical removal of the voice box).

International Association of Laryngectomies

The International Association for Laryngectomies is supported by the American Cancer Society to promote and support the total rehabilitation of people who have had a laryngectomy.

1599 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
(404) 329-7651

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