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Bonnie | age 55
Mentor, OH
11 years, 9 months since her MammoSite treatment.

I was 43 in June of 2007. I had gone every year for a mammogram since I was 37. This time I knew something was different. I had several mammograms and then was asked to stay for an ultrasound. The following Monday my OB/GYN called and told me I needed to see a surgeon for a biopsy. She recommended Dr. Petraiuolo from our local hospital. I had to wait about two weeks, for the first available appointment they had. He suggested I try a "core biopsy" due to the fact that calcium deposits had grown but I had no tumor or lump. It came back with the result of non-invasive intraductal cancer. I now had to have the full needle biopsy. I went approximately two weeks later for the surgery. The area affected was so small that we were confident I could now move on to the MammoSite radiation. When my biopsy results came back they found one very tiny spot of uncontained cancer, therefore I had to have another surgery to try to create a clearer margin of tissue around the site. I had to wait approximately another month to let the surgery heal and went back to try again. This time was a success. I thought I was ready to roll. The night before I thought my ice pack had ruptured but unfortunately it was my incision. I had developed an infection and now had to wait for it to heal and go thru a round of antibiotics. Finally I started my radiation. I was terrified, I had waited almost 4 months to try to finish this nightmare and was a nervous wreck. I had to go to a different hospital because our hospital did not have the equipment for the MammoSite procedure, which added to my stress. After the first treatment I couldn't believe how easy it was!! 5 days later I was done, my balloon was removed and all my incisions began to heal. I just went for the first mammogram after my surgery and it came back fine. I would definitely recommend the MammoSite procedure for anyone able to do so. I was 43 years old, married to a wonderful man and had a 17 year-old daughter and I thought I was going to lose it all. How lucky I was to have a wonderful surgeon and that he knew about the MammoSite procedure and was able to coordinate all of this for me.

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.