Nottinghamshire lingerie shop owner's mission to change 'unacceptable' situation for breast cancer patients

Janice Holmes pictured at Janice Rose Lingerie near Newark holding up one of the bras inside her shop
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A Nottinghamshire lingerie shop owner has described the current situation facing breast cancer patients when leaving hospital as "unacceptable" as she begins campaigning for a nationwide change. Janice Holmes, 60, underwent a form of breast surgery herself aged just 19.

This experience eventually inspired her to set up her business, Janice Rose Lingerie based in Sutton on Trent, in October 2018. Running the business has strengthened Ms Holmes' view that breast cancer patients leaving hospital need to be given greater choice and dignity when leaving hospital.

The entrepreneur says she has heard stories of women leaving hospital with ill-fitting prostheses or even just wearing a vest. Ms Holmes says these patients should instead have access to a voucher scheme allowing them to obtain bras and prosthesis from a list of approved specialists, similar to the scheme offered to NHS patients to get wigs.

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Ms Holmes said: "Women who have undergone breast surgery due to cancer should have access to bras and prostheses that fit correctly and make them feel comfortable and confident. Some women leave the hospital with inadequate support, sometimes only wearing vests, or are given ill-fitting prostheses.

"This situation is unacceptable. Just as a wig can help a woman feel like herself again, a properly fitted bra and prosthesis can significantly impact her self-esteem and quality of life."

Ms Holmes launched a petition as part of her campaign on the UK Parliament website, which has had to close early because of the upcoming General Election. The petitions website will be live again after the election and Ms Holmes intends to push on with her campaign.

The business owner, who herself has over 20 years experience as a professional bra fitter, added: "The physical and emotional well-being of breast cancer patients should be a priority, and they deserve access to specialist advice and fittings in a safe and supportive environment."