South Bend — Catching breast cancer early increases your chance of surviving. Help for cancer survivors has come a long way — especially when it come to image recovery.
It's a small, unassuming place inside Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center's Cancer Institute. Inside, it's not like a doctor's office. It’s more like a boutique, or a hair salon.
"Image recovery heals the soul,” explained Kim Dalton of the Image Recovery Center. “Doctors take care of the physical aspects and fight the disease. But the patients really need to feel complete for their treatment to benefit them the most."
And there have been huge strides in image recovery. Prosthetic bras are no longer medical- feeling; they are softer. Prostheses can attach directly to the chest wall. And they don't have to be hot anymore — some come with pads you can chill in the refrigerator.