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Title: Thermal and moisture comfort mastectomy bra and prosthesis
Authors: Shin, K 
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: This research investigates the breast cancer survivors’ post-mastectomy product needs, redesign of post-mastectomy products and improvement in quality of life.
The study consists of three phases: Phase I - investigation of post-mastectomy products currently available on the market and HK mastectomized women’s post-mastectomy product needs; Phase II - design and development of three post-mastectomy products (i.e., mastectomy bra, a prosthesis and an integrative clip); Phase III - wear trials with two products (i.e., mastectomy bra and prosthesis). The survey study revealed that 1) heat and moisture build-up by mastectomy bra and prosthesis and 2) fashion bras’ incapacity to accommodate the prostheses had negatively impacted on HK mastectomized women’s quality of life. This is the first study investigating thermal and moisture comfort performance of mastectomy bra and prosthesis. In addition, these are the first ever mastectomy bra and prosthesis that lowers the skin temperature and moisture whilst mastectomy bra lowers core-body temperature when compared to that of commercial products (i.e., 0.2°C – 1.6°C lower skin temperature (p = 0.00), 1.7% – 11.5% lower humidity increment (p = 0.00), 0.1°C – 0.2°C (p = 0.00) core body temperature). Research outputs include 2 Chinese patents for prosthesis (2017) and the garment clip (2017), a gold award and a best invention certificate from the Seoul International Invention Fair (2015), 1 journal paper (2019), 3 conference papers (2015, 2019), 2 invited talks (2017 & 2019), a showcase at a healthcare and medical fair (2016).
This research had developed novel post-mastectomy products and a thermal and moisture comfort performance testing protocol. his research was possible due to a collective effort of breast cancer survivors, bra design specialists, product design practitioners and textiles and clothing testing experts.
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