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Alison | age 68
RN, MBA
Plymouth, MN
10 years, 4 months since her MammoSite treatment.
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I got the call in a Milwaukee hotel room. The biopsy was positive. I travel nearly every week for work, and that week was no exception. I am used to managing plenty of things from the road, everything from homework help to plumbing emergencies, but this one was different. My husband and I arranged for a brief vacation with the kids (Kathy and Mark, independent 20 somethings). Two weeks later in Mexico, the four of us went over everything we knew. We mostly talked about and prepared for surgery, scheduled for the day after our return, but subsequently pushed back a week. We all knew radiation would follow, but hadnít looked into it much.

Surgery was May 1, 2009 and went smoothly enough. I guess. The transition from a healthy, active 58 year old to being a post op patient was tough. I took my first business trip five days after surgery. The client meetings went well, but I was tired and in pain. Same thing with business trips the following week, but after that travel was not so hard.

Two weeks after surgery, I met with the radiation oncologist and was given one option Ė 6 Ĺ weeks of daily radiation. I knew that that would disrupt, possible end, my career. I just wasnít ready to give it all up. So, I started looking for alternatives.

With the help of my brother, a pathologist, and several breast cancer surviving friends, I became aware of MammoSite and started looking for a new surgeon and radiation oncologist. I found them at the University of Minnesota.

The MammoSite device was placed on a Monday, and was a little tricky since MammoSite was not considered during my first surgery. After two tries, the surgeon was able to place and inflate the device. Not a comfortable procedure, but I made it through with just local anesthesia. Radiation started a week later. Our house was being remodeled, so I checked into a hotel near the University Hospital for most of the week and just walked over twice a day for radiation treatments. That turned out to be a smart move, as I was tired and nauseated most of the week. A family member walked with me to treatment every day, and stayed with me every night, God bless them. Two days after radiation was complete the nausea was gone and everything was healing.

I am recovering at home now, back to work about three-quarter time. Iíll resume my travel schedule this month, and the rest of my active life. I am so grateful that MammoSite and the very short course of radiation that it allows were available to me. I was able to choose my health AND my career.

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This profile is solely the words of the person who received MammoSite Targeted Radiation Therapy to treat breast cancer. Note that this profile is specific to this particular person, and experiences will vary.