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My Story

Chris | age 73
Retired Community College Instructor
Cedar Falls, IA
11 years, 8 months since her MammoSite treatment.

Having recently participated in my first Relay for Life since breast cancer, I now feel that it is important for me to reach out and tell other women "you can get through this!" No woman is prepared for a diagnosis of breast cancer, and when mine came on January 8, 2008, I figured "we just had to do what we had to do". My husband had recently retired and we were anxious to begin this new phase of our life. Following more tests and a lumpectomy Feb. 5, 2008 the whole experience and process was about as positive as it could be. When my surgeon, Dr. Duven, said I might be a candidate for MammoSite, that was a positive too.

We did some research and I talked with another woman who had had MammoSite radiation. We had to travel to Hall Radiation, a clinic in Cedar Rapids, 60 miles from our home. The American Cancer Society even paid for our hotel room the 5 nights we were there. The doctors and staff there were wonderful too, and Dan was even able to tour the "control room". The process is so interesting in spite of what you're dealing with!

It's now been 4 months as of this writing, and I really feel like I've been able to move on. I realized from the beginning I was very fortunate since my cancer was small and early stage. Of course, I'll continue to have follow-ups and mammograms as recommended. But I was blessed to have a supportive family, wonderful surgeon, his staff, and the MammoSite radiation to help me get on with my life as soon as possible.

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.