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Topic: Swapping cancer "supplies"

Forum: BCO Free-Cycle: Give or Trade Items Related to Breast Cancer —

A place to donate & trade breast cancer items free of charge (e.g. head covers, mastectomy products, swimwear, breast cancer support products). No money may be exchanged, even for shipping. All mailing addresses must be shared via private message & no phone numbers exchanged.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2009 05:17PM

thepinkbirdie wrote:

Does anyone know if there is such a thing as a swap site on the internet that is primarily for people who are looking for items such as "chemo" caps that others might have and no longer need? Dx 6/2/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Sep 29, 2009 04:14PM AzKim wrote:

I've never heard of anything like this,.but,.what a great idea!!!

Dx 12/27/2007, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 25/28 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Sep 29, 2009 04:21PM kfinnigan wrote:

check with your local American Cancer Society and ask, I've heard of donated items.  Also in our chemo room, there was a box of donated items.  Good luck!

Kari, Dx 7/7/2008, Mixed ILC / IDC, Stage 3, Grade II, 16/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-, Lat Flap w/TE 6/25/14, Exchange 1/20/15 to Mentor high profile smooth rounds.
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Sep 29, 2009 04:34PM dlb823 wrote:

Hi, Marie ~  Not sure if you're just after a chemo cap for yourself (do you mean the Penguin cold cap? or just cute head coverings to wear?) or thinking about starting some kind of service, but I don't think anyone's doing it now -- at least not on a national level.  But Kari is right about the ACS.  They get donated brand new cosmetics that they give away during their Look Good Feel Better classes -- a nice treat and great pick me up when you're going through chemo.  They also gave out free wigs at my class and that others have reported getting by contacting their local ACS office.    Deanna 
Deanna "The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears" Native American proverb Dx 2/1/2008, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/3/2014, Stage IV
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Sep 29, 2009 05:17PM SoCalLisa wrote:

I know--- purplemb--- has a swap for unused breast forms...

check under reconstruction alternatives or click on her name

Biography: DX 11/2000 LCIS,DCIS,IDC 2B, Grade 1, ER+,PR+ Her2Neg 1 pos node Lumptectomy, CMF chemo X 6 mos, DX 8/2001, IDC same breast--Mastectomy , Left Breast Lumpectomy... Tamoxifen, one year...Armidex, Four years
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Oct 1, 2009 08:44AM Kathy16 wrote:

I don't know a site, but you might want to check with your oncology office's nurses/social worker. I have a wig I didn't like (bought another) and some other things to donate.

Also - if you just finished chemo and have drugs you don't need anymore (like Zofran, etc.) you also might ask Onc's office. I asked at my very last chemo if I could donate any of my drugs once I finished and felt better (the doctor was generous and wrote large scripts & I didn't want to throw them out). She said as long as they knew the patient and it came to their office in the orig. bottle they would dole it out in special envelopes they had in their office. Nurse said a lot of people can't afford the drugs and don't have coverage plan. Those drugs helped me so much and I could only think of the people who didn't have a prescription plan and couldn't afford the best of the anti-nausea drugs, etc. So, you never know what can be donated or help someone else!

1st BC May 2009 2 cm IDC, 3/17 nodes, E+, Stage II - T/C x 4 - then 2nd primary ILC found November 2009 less than 1 cm 0/16 nodes. Low oncotype and no more chemo needed, just tamoxifen.
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Oct 1, 2009 09:08AM dash wrote:

I think it's great idea too. I wonder if we can have a swap thread here? I have 2 new in package medical bras that are just sitting around. I'd love to pass them along to someone!

Lots of people talk to animals...Not very many listen, though...That's the problem. ~The Tao of Pooh
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Oct 19, 2009 08:58AM Sherri_V wrote:

Yes, that would be a great idea.  I've pretty much decided that I won't use a wig because, with all of the other expenses, I just cannot justify the cost.  However, once my hair falls out - maybe I will change my mind.  It would be nice to have an option without going into further debt!


Sherri V. Dx 10/9/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 3, 2009 01:57PM - edited Jul 16, 2019 03:49PM by Moderators

It is a great idea if you are talking about penguin Cold Caps I am pretty sure you can only rent them. In New Zealand you can rent them as a complete kit ready to use.

Best of luck


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Dec 30, 2009 02:34PM thepinkbirdie wrote:

Hi everyone.

I decided to start a Yahoo group for this kind of stuff.  Here is the link: Dx 6/2/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 30, 2009 04:03PM gfbaker wrote:


You should contact American Cancer Society for the Look Good Feel Better program; they have free wigs. Also check with your local cancer centers. Mine in Portland, OR had free wigs at their "appearance center" which sold hats, scarves, etc. You could also maybe call a wig store and see if they have anything they would donate, you never know. Even though I lost my hair in the summer and didn't need the wig for warmth, just looking like everyone else made me feel better. May your treatment be quick and as easy as possible.


Dx 5/6/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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