Manitoba Breast Prosthesis Program

The Manitoba Breast Prosthesis Program offers eligible women across Manitoba a wide selection of prosthetics and surgical brassieres, sized by experienced and qualified fitters.

Who is eligible?

Women are eligible if they:

  • Are Manitoba residents
  • Have had a single or double mastectomy
  • Have had a surgical procedure that resulted in a significant loss of breast tissue
  • Do not have the costs paid through other provincial or federal programs

Is there a cost?

When choosing products that are under or equal to the benefit amount, the Manitoba Braest Prosthesis Program will pay the Approved Retail Supplier directly.

If the product is over the benefit amount, the extra cost must be paid by the woman directly to the Approved Retail Supplier.

What are the Options?

Those eligible may choose Option 1 OR Option 2:

Option 1: Every two years 
This benefit provides:

  1. Up to $400 for one prosthesis for a single mastectomy; or
  2. Up to $400 per prosthesis for a total of two prostheses for a double mastectomy; and
  3. Up to fifty dollars ($50) for one bra

Option 2: Every four years
To use this benefit option, the prosthesis must have a four-year warranty.
This benefit provides:

  1. Up to $800 for one prosthesis for a single mastectomy; or
  2. Up to $800 per prosthesis to a total of two prostheses for a double mastectomy; and
  3. Up to one hundred dollars ($100) for two bras.

Note: The bra option must match the prosthesis option chosen.

*All prostheses and bras must be obtained through a Manitoba Breast Prosthesis Program Approved Retail Supplier.*

Questions or concerns contact:

Breast & Gyne Cancer Centre of Hope
Phone: 204-787-2970
Toll-free: 1-866-561-1026
Fax: 204-786-0623

What to do?

Step 1: Get a prescription - Prescriptions may be written by a surgeon, physician or nurse practitioner in Manitoba.

Step 2: Choose an Approved Retail Supplier and a program option.
Protheses:

  • Come in different styles, sizes and shapes
  • Can be worn in a bra with a pocket while others can stick directly on to the skin
  • Can be ready-to-wear off the shelf or custom made

Please note - Each Approved Retail Supplier may carry different types of products.

Step 3: Call the Approved Retail Supplier to make an appointment.
The Approved Retail Supplier will:

  • Check to see if you are eligible for a prosthesis through the Manitoba Breast Prosthesis Program. This can only be done during regular business hours Monday to Friday.
  • Make an appointment for a time when a certified fitter is available
  • Fit you with a prosthesis and bra

Did you Know

After a mastectomy, it is recommended that the surgery site has had time to heal before wearing a breast prosthesis and bra.

  • Some women take more time to heal than others
  • If you are unsure if you are healed enough, talk to your surgeon or health care provider.

A lightweight soft cotton-filled temporary prosthesis can be worn while you are healing. These are available at no cost by calling the Canadian Cancer Society.

  • Call 1-888-939-3333 or
  • Order online at www.cancer.ca and search breast prosthesis puff

Some women feel lopsided (lean to one side) with only having one breast. If the lost breast weight is not replaced, some women may experience back, neck and shoulder pain and balance problems. Wearing a properly fitted breast prosthesis and bra can help a woman feel more balanced, improve her posture and help with the attire.

CancerCare Manitoba Approved Retail Suppliers (2019)

WINNIPEG

Allure by Norma
204-943-9177 

Ce Soir Fine Lingerie
145-166 Meadowood Dr.
204-253-8788

Diva Lingerie & Swimwear
Unit 122-1120 Grant Ave.
204-452-1802

Eco Medial Equipment
Unit 190-117 King Edward St. East
204-781-2777

Eyelet Dove
485 Academy Rd.
204-488-0403

Lifeart Prosthetics Inc.
1926 B Main St.
204-334-1206

Stevens Home Medical Supplies
700 William Ave. SR140
204-787-3532

The BraBar & Panterie
100-160 Provencher Blvd.
204-231-3487

J-1765 Kenaston Blvd.
204-487-3487

The Unexpected Gift Inc.
Unit 2-564 Osborne St.
204-832-4438

     

RURAL MANITOBA

BRANDON

Home Health Care
3000 Victoria Ave. 204-727-2483

New Beginnings
601-18th St. 204-725-4080

DAUPHIN

Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy
622-3rd St. S. W. 204-638-4602

Sharon's Lingerie
207 Main St. North 204-638-7605

MORDEN

Morden Massage Therapy Centre
2-34 Stephen St. 204-822-4239

NEEPAWA

Harris Pharmacy
424 Mountain Ave. 204-476-2888

SELKIRK

Bella Ragazza Lingerie & Swimwear
63B Main St. 204-785-1802

SOUTH WEST MANITOBA

Natural Image
204-242-2189

SWAN RIVER

Swan River Valley Natural Path
520 Main St. 204-734-2848