The HERS Breast Cancer Foundation has a unique program called Bras for Body & Soul®.It is first and foremost a service for women and women’s health. This program enunciates and further fulfills the mission of the foundation to serve all women, including the underserved, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The program is a service designed to help women overcome the devastating emotional and physical effects of cancer treatment. The Program Director is a former Care Consultant for Anita International, a major manufacturer of post-mastectomy products, covering the states of California, Oregon and Washington and is also a breast cancer survivor. Our staff includes four very talented and caring Breast Care Specialists.
The Foundation provides a private, understanding environment for breast cancer survivors to be properly fitted for bras and prosthesis. The service and the products of Bras for Body & Soul® are vital to women facing breast cancer and bring femininity, integrity, dignity and self-esteem to their lives.
Our Products and Services:
- Personal fittings for bras and/or prosthesis, by appointment
- Post-operative camisoles
- Standard and custom silicone breast forms for partial and full mastectomies
- Specialty bras designed to support silicone breast forms
- Compression garments for lymphedema
- Wigs and head coverings for hair loss
- Advocacy for health insurance benefits
Bras for Body & Soul® is not a typical medical supply house. Rather, it is a unique program of the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation where we strive to provide a safe, comfortable and understanding environment for breast cancer survivors to find the products that they need. We feel that both the service and the products of Bras for Body & Soul®, are vital to women facing breast cancer and we hope to bring femininity, integrity, dignity and self-esteem to their lives.
The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 provides for insurance coverage for some post-mastectomy products. Bras for Body & Soul® is committed to researching and informing women of their particular plan’s benefits (we contract with all the major insurance companies and Medicare) and assisting them in receiving their maximum benefit. The HERS Breast Cancer Foundation fulfills its mission by providing assistance to all women independent of their insurance coverage.
Bras for Body & Soul® is available at both our Fremont and Stanford locations.
Are your services only for breast cancer survivors?
No! Women who are not breast cancer survivors can also benefit from our services. The success of our work is evident when a client says: “I can breathe better,” or “I am standing up straighter, or “I feel lighter,” after a fitting. In some cases a woman even reconsiders breast reduction surgery.
Clients have discovered that a proper fit greatly enhances how they feel physically as well as how they feel about themselves, and naturally enhances how they look.
Will insurance cover bras and/or prostheses for breast cancer patients?
Yes, for our clients who are breast cancer patients, most insurance providers will cover up to three bras per year, and one prosthesis every other year.
How does my purchase help other women?
The profits earned from non-insurance purchases goes towards supporting the needs of underserved women in the Bay Area.