Lynn's Boutique Conveniently located inside the breast center, the boutique is just behind the mammogram waiting room. Patients have access to Lynn's Boutique, a specialty shop within the Comprehensive Cancer Institute that provides clothing, breast prostheses and inspirational items to women who have survived or who are living with breast and other cancers. A certified breast fitter is also available to assist with prosthetic needs.
The boutique carries an abundant and varied inventory of items including:
- Breast prostheses
- Post-surgical bathing suits
- Swim breast forms
- Angel Figurines
- Breast cancer related jewelry
Lynn Panici Boutique
By honoring a courageous woman who lost her life to breast cancer, The Lynn Panici Boutique is helping hundreds of survivors take on the disease. Diagnosed at 31, Lynn Panici died at 34 in 2000, a week shy of her son’s fourth birthday. During chemotherapy, she often lamented the lack of specialty shops for breast cancer patients. Today, women can enjoy the kind of comfortable shopping experience Lynn would have appreciated because her husband, Anthony, launched the Lynn Panici Boutique in 2002.
Lynn’s Boutique offers bra and prosthesis fittings by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Certified bra fitter Norene DeLaurentis helps her customers find the perfect fit. “I’ve been doing this for 28 years and Lynn’s Boutique is my favorite. It is absolutely a woman’s dream – feminine, welcoming and friendly with no ‘medical’ feel,” said Norene.
With plenty of sizes and styles of bras and prostheses, Lynn’s Boutique has something for everyone, including balance forms to fill the area left by lumpectomy procedures. After taking measurements, Norene tries different form shapes to arrive at the best look for each patient. She explains, “The main reason to wear a breast form is balance. Weight has been removed and should be replaced to help avoid things like backaches, arm problems or lymphedema if lymph nodes have been involved.” Norene also fits women who have had reconstructive surgery to help them find a bra that works to balance out the two sides.
Lynn’s Boutique bills insurance for breast cancer patients. Medicare allows for one prosthesis every two years and six to 12 bras a year. “I advise patients to start with a couple of styles and wear them for a while to find out how they are going to feel,” Norene said.
Women who have not had surgery, including St. James employees, also take advantage of Norene’s bra-fitting skills. A surprising 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Ill-fitting bras not only create visible disadvantages, they are uncomfortable. Adds Norene, “No matter what, we can always fit the ladies.”
Schedule a fitting.
To schedule a fitting please call (708) 679-2000