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My Story

Carol | age 77
Teacher
Brookhaven, MS
14 years, 3 months since her MammoSite treatment.

I was diagnosed with DCIS and IDC breast cancer on August 9, 2004, in Jackson, Mississippi. My doctor recommended a new procedure, MammoSite. She said my cancer was small and low grade and I would be a perfect candidate for the procedure. My doctor also told me that statistics were roughly about the same with the MammoSite procedure as with six to seven weeks of radiation. With MammoSite I would be experiencing 5 days of radiation, twice a day. With much prayer and discussion, my husband and I decided to go with the MammoSite procedure. It was my understanding that I would also be the first person to experience this procedure in Jackson, MS.

I first had a lumpectomy and then a week later I had a balloon catheter placed into the area where my cancer was removed. The radiation source was placed within the balloon by a computer-controlled machine. I went to a Jackson hospital and had this procedure twice a day for five days. Each treatment was short and painless. The days were long as I lived an hourís drive from the hospital. I was tired but I was able to function. Many people never knew I had cancer because I was very visible in the community. I never missed a Sunday at church and I was able to carry on all my responsibilities and activities.

I have been cancer free ever since.

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.