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Pillows for pain – LRCP patient helps breast cancer patients recover from surgery


For Immediate Release:
September 8, 2009

(LONDON, ON) – London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) patient Mary Biggs is helping other breast cancer patients ease the pain of recovering from surgery.

A breast cancer survivor herself, Biggs is making specialized pillows in her spare time from t-shirts that say "cancer sucks,” and providing these pillows free of charge to breast cancer patients at LRCP. The pillows are built with a strap that goes over a patient’s shoulder and holds the pillow securely under the arm.

Utilized post-surgery, the pillows help make patients more comfortable while they sleep and as they receive radiation and IV chemotherapy by helping to ease the pain associated with recovering from surgery.

“Most women don’t like to admit to this pain, as they’re trying to leave the whole cancer ordeal behind them,” says Biggs. “I thought it was important to make them more comfortable.”

“She really wanted to do something tangible,” said Dr. Michael Lock, director of radiation oncology at LRCP, and Biggs’ care-giver. “This is a great way to help patients, and it’s being done by someone who very much understands what they’re going through.”

Biggs plans to continue making pillows and providing them to patients at LRCP until her supply of t-shirts is exhausted. She will be at LRCP on Wednesday September 9 where both she and Dr. Lock will be available to speak to media from 10 a.m. to noon in room A1-155.

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