Breast cancer patients will spend a great deal of time in and out of doctors' offices for tests and procedures and recovering at home. So it may be time for a little pampering with a good robe and slippers. Radiation can make the skin irritable and more sensitive, says the American Cancer Society, so look for loose, breathable natural fibers such as 100 percent cotton and fabrics without heavy dyes and chemicals.
Two women in Massachusetts, one a breast cancer survivor herself, designed "jillies," fashionable, frilly tunic robes meant to replace the standard-issue thin robes you get at a doctor's office. They have Velcro closures for easy on-and-off access and are designed to look more like street clothes than hospital wear. They're 100 percent cotton and chemical-free. Available at jillies.com for $45.
And if you or a family member want to support the cause at the same time you're looking for comfort, robes and slippers are available with the pink ribbon logo. Here are some of the sellers offering to donate part of the purchase price toward the fight against breast cancer:
Dearfoams offers petal-pink velour scuffs with rhinestones and a pink ribbon, available at dearfoams.com. $5 of the $25 purchase price goes to the non-profit Support Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation.
Cathy's Concepts, based in Indianapolis, offers a white terry cloth spa robe with pink trim and an embroidered pink ribbon. One size fits most. A portion of the $55 cost goes toward breast cancer research. cathysconcepts.com.
Designer Nyoman Nadri offers a women's cotton batik robe called "Cherry Blue Clouds." The swirled light and dark colors are meant to represent life changing from dark to light. The Breast Cancer Site will fund 3 percent of a mammogram for each Cherry Blue Clouds robe purchased. You can find it for $70 at shop.theanimalrescuesite.com.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun