Cardiff Metropolitan University

Combined research and product design to improve service for breast cancer patients

Design researchers at Cardiff Metropolitan’s International Centre for Design and Research (PDR) have worked with NHS clinicians to develop bespoke prosthetic breasts for women who have undergone a mastectomy.

The research project, which is informing the development of more realistic and better-fitting breast prostheses, has developed from a partnership of more than 20 years, which has seen specialists from PDR work closely with medical professionals to offer a wide range of cutting-edge solutions to meet patient needs.

The research-led technique developed through this particular project produces breast patterns and tools, which in turn produce a silicon breast prosthesis bespoke to each patient, through the use of advanced digital design and manufacturing processes.

The project aims to reduce the psychological impact of post-surgical rehabilitation and therefore the emotional impact of breast cancer on patients and their families.

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