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Cancer and the financial burden of a diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can bring with it a financial burden for both the patient and their caregivers. Each social group is vulnerable. The combined reduction in income along with extra health care costs and associated costs like fuel, heating, travel costs has a wide ranging consequence for the cancer patient and their families. Bills and cost can be hard to manage so it is important to get as much advise and seek assistance as soon as issues arise. Coping with medical expenses If you are diagnosed with cancer you are entitled to free tests and treatment in hospital, but you [...]

By |2020-11-19T15:28:01+00:00November 13th, 2020|Support & Advice, Care After Breast Surgery|0 Comments

National Cancer Services in Ireland

National Cancer Control Programme Cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, is a major healthcare challenge. The National Cancer Control Programme works with health service providers to prevent cancer, treat cancer, and increase survival and quality of life for those who develop cancer, by converting the knowledge gained through research, surveillance and outcome evaluation into strategies and actions. Regional Cancer Services The NCCP is responsible for overseeing national services for the treatment of cancer.  These treatments include surgery, radiotherapy and systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT).  An early priority for the NCCP was the establishment of designated cancer centres for cancer surgery. The majority, but [...]

By |2020-11-19T15:27:56+00:00November 13th, 2020|Support & Advice, Care After Breast Surgery|0 Comments

Cancer Support Centres in Ireland

If you have been diagnosed with cancer there are many different support and resources available to you. Cancer Support Centres provide support and help for clients for each stage of their cancer journey. These centres cater for family and caregivers also. Here is a list centres in Ireland of Cancer Support Centres and groups which are affiliated with the Irish Cancer Society. You can contact the Irish Cancer Society directly for more information about their services on 1800 200 700 or email: supportline@irishcancer.ie Ulster Cavan Cuan Cancer Social Support and Wellness Group Centre Address 2 Keadue Lane, Cavan Phone Number [...]

By |2020-11-19T15:27:42+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Support & Advice, Care After Breast Surgery|0 Comments

Entitlements After Breast Surgery

HSE Entitlements Anyone who has undergone breast surgery will automatically be entitled to a first fit which includes two mastectomy bras, a breast prosthesis and one post op swimsuit all free of charge. If you are a Medical Card holder, you are entitled to two mastectomy bras, one post op swimsuit and one breast prosthesis every two years after your first fit, all free of charge. Depending on your location, an application is made by Linnoco on your behalf to the HSE. This process can take time but rest assured, we make it as simple and stress free as possible [...]

By |2020-11-19T15:27:35+00:00October 8th, 2020|Support & Advice, Care After Breast Surgery|0 Comments

Which breast prosthesis will suit me best?

Breast prosthesis come in different sizes, shape, weight and colour. They are used after breast surgery to replace tissue loss and provide shape post op. Initial Post-Surgery prostheses are soft to allow for wound healing while giving shape. After approximately 6-8 weeks a full prosthesis can be fitted. This allows for swelling to reduce in the chest area and for scars to heal. For some ladies they may wish to continue to use a soft or initial prosthesis instead of a full or permanent prosthesis while for others they may choose not to use one at all. Initial Breast Prostheses [...]

By |2020-11-19T15:30:06+00:00July 4th, 2020|Support & Advice, Care After Breast Surgery|0 Comments

Breast Prosthesis

Breast prosthesis is an artificial breast form that takes the place of breast tissue that was removed during surgery. For some ladies breast reconstruction following surgery may not be something that they wish to do and so a breast prosthesis is used to provide a balanced silhouette. Breast prosthesis can be used by ladies whose breasts are different sizes naturally or post breast reconstruction if the size and shape of the breasts is different. They can be a temporary measure for some prior to breast reconstruction and alternatively some ladies will chose not to wear breast prosthesis post surgery. Types [...]

By |2020-11-19T15:29:53+00:00June 27th, 2020|Support & Advice, Care After Breast Surgery|0 Comments

Client review

Client review of Linnoco's mastectomy and prosthesis fitting service   This is a recent review from one of our clients here at Linnoco It is always a pleasure and honour to help ladies find the right post mastectomy products. To find out more about the range of mastectomy bras, breast prosthesis, pocketed swimsuit and compression garments that we stock here at Linnoco do get in touch.      

By |2020-11-19T15:27:09+00:00June 20th, 2020|Support & Advice, Care After Breast Surgery|0 Comments

Types of Mastectomy Bras

What is a Post Mastectomy Bra? A post mastectomy bra is very similar to a fashion bra. It''s the design of the bra that makes it is a little different. A good mastectomy bra provides both comfort and support. They are generally pocketed on both sides to allow for the use of prosthesis if it is needed. There are many styles of mastectomy bras, so it is important to try different styles to find the one that is right for you. Should I wear an underwire or non wired mastectomy bra? This is often a question that ladies often ask? [...]

By |2020-11-19T15:29:46+00:00June 17th, 2020|Support & Advice, Care After Breast Surgery|0 Comments

Measuring for a mastectomy bra

A good fitting mastectomy bra will help your posture, give you confidence in your outerwear, and make you feel so much more comfortable. It is advisable to measure yourself regularly and especially if you are going to buy a new bra. Measuring for a mastectomy bra is a little different than measuring for a bra. Whether you have had a lumpectomy, partial mastectomy or full mastectomy you can use the following steps to measure for a mastectomy bra and work out your correct bra size.   What is the difference between a bra and a mastectomy bra? A mastectomy bra [...]

By |2020-11-19T15:26:39+00:00June 11th, 2020|Support & Advice, Care After Breast Surgery|0 Comments

How to measure your bra size correctly

A high percentage of ladies are wearing the incorrect size bra. It is important to be remeasured every 6 months as our bodies changed due to many different factors like hormones, weight fluctuation, exercise and diet . Some times its not always possible to go to a fitter to be measured so alternatively you can measure yourself at home and then shop freely online or in store. Where do I start? Before you start you need a tape measure with inches. You can order a Linnoco Toolkit online which we will send to you free of charge. The toolkit consists [...]

By |2020-06-19T12:12:25+00:00June 6th, 2020|Support & Advice|0 Comments

Covid-19 Service Announcement

Covid-19 Service Announcement  We want to reassure our customers that the supply of post mastectomy bras, swimsuits, breast prosthesis and our full range of stocked items is in good supply and are readily available. 
   We will continue to process paperwork for medical card entitlements and health insurance rebates for your post op products.  However, in line with government guidelines, we are unable to meet customers face to face. Instead we are inviting you to request a measurement chart and free tape measure which we will post to you to measure yourself at home. Armed with your measurements, you [...]

By |2020-06-11T18:41:51+00:00April 29th, 2020|Support & Advice|0 Comments

Linnoco’s Story

Who's behind Linnoco? While working as an oncology nurse, Sasha cared for many women who had undergone surgery and follow up treatments for breast cancer, all with individual stories, all with one big problem. She observed their difficulties in adapting to their new normal. Their endless search for a solution to their issues with lingerie. How to find a bra that would support, maybe rebalance a body altered by treatment? How to reconcile the old image with the new reality? How to shop in the communal changing rooms of well meaning chain stores? And so? The solution seemed obvious! We [...]

By |2020-11-19T15:24:33+00:00July 15th, 2018|Support & Advice|0 Comments
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