WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer Shop USA, the first and only patient-requested, doctor-approved on-line store to offer products to help patients with the side effects of chemo and radiation, has now gone "live." The physician-approved on-line store was first conceived by Dr. Melanie Bone while going through treatments of her own after being diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. "I was barely 40 years old with 4 children under the age of 6 when I underwent a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, 6 months of chemotherapy, and 6 weeks of radiation," said Dr. Bone, OB/GYN, and FACOG. "Even though I am a doctor and surgeon, I learned firsthand about the side effects of cancer treatment. I was too sick to work so I spent time thinking about how to make the cancer experience easier for future cancer patients."
According to Dr. Bone, Cancer Shop USA is a unique on-line store for all cancer needs. From recovery clothing to mouth care products and radiation burn creams to nutritional supplements and densely caloric food items, Cancer Shop USA strives to be the "leader in comfort care" for patients, family, and friends. "We pride ourselves on offering one-of-a-kind items which are not normally found elsewhere," said Susan Harrison, Cancer Shop USA director of Merchandising. "The product line is extremely practical and appropriate, making excellent gifts for patients and caregivers."
Offering more than 300 specialty items, with many products inspired and developed by cancer patients and survivors, each item is reviewed and endorsed by a physician to make sure the product is safe for all patients. As an example, one of the newest cancer products on the market, both inspired and developed by a cancer patient is The SHOWER SHIRT. A Class 1 Medical Device, the product is the first and only anti-microbial, water-resistant garment to protect mastectomy patients while showering, and before the surgical drains are removed. "It's important that mastectomy drain sites don't get wet post-surgery," said Dr. Bone. "Taking a shower without protecting the drain sites can be problematic as water is laden with bacteria which in turn can cause infection to the patient. The Shower Shirt is a great product to protect breast cancer patients from water intrusion to the surgical sites."
Cancer Shop USA also provides a myriad of clinical information on care giving tips and inspirational quotes from survivors, basically a 'go to' resource for many cancer-related questions.
"We want consumers to know that a lot of research and clinical knowledge has gone into creating this site to help cancer patients, both from a personal, as well as a professional perspective," added Dr. Bone.
A portion of the sales from Cancer Shop USA is donated to The Cancer Sensibility Foundation, whose mission is: To encourage a sensible approach to cancer and promote a new perception of the disease as treatable and often curable; and also to educate the public about cancer etiquette and provide support to cancer patients, families, and friends.
For more information on Cancer Shop USA, contact Susan Harrison at 561-401-5635 or 1 866-700-6262, or visit their site at http://www.cancershopusa.com. For more information on The Cancer Sensibility Foundation, contact them at 2501 Bristol Drive, Suite A12, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, or visit their site at http://www.cancersensibilityfoundation.org. All donations are tax-deductible and support the underwriting and costs of developing programs and literature to accomplish their mission of de-stigmatizing cancer.
SOURCE Cancer Shop USA