For breast cancer patients who undergo radiation therapy, wearing a bra can be painful, even months after a treatment. The radiation can cause the skin to become red, flaky, swell and result in open wounds. As you might imagine, the extreme discomfort affects a person’s quality of life.

To that end, researchers at Hohenstein Institute in Germany developed a special brassiere that can be worn during and directly after radiation therapy. The bra was designed with non-instrusive seam lines and the fabric they used is soft and breathable, able to absorb sweat immediately and wick it away from the body quickly. The researchers hope to make the bra available to patients soon. via AlphaGalileo


Photo: The anatomical values of breast cancer patients were determined using state-of-the-art 3D body scanners and used to derive the ideal cut for the special bra. Credit: Hohenstein