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My Story

Cindy | age 66
Communications & Marketing Administrator
Rochester, NY
13 years, 8 months since her MammoSite treatment.

My breast cancer was diagnosed in April 2005. Of course, it was a shock but yet I was at ease with the diagnosis knowing that God never gives us something He can’t get us through. I must say the only difficult situation I faced was telling my children and grandchildren. I knew they would not take it as well as I was, but again by God’s grace they endured.

My diagnosis was Invasive Lobular Carcinoma and I was scheduled for Lumpectomy/Sentinel node biopsy surgery on April 29, 2005. The cancer did not spread to the lymph nodes and did not break through the breast wall, in addition it was an early stage, so I was therefore a candidate for MammoSite Radiation Therapy. This procedure was very appealing to me as it decreased the radiation treatment course considerably and I would only have to be out of work for a week.

After lumpectomy, an un-inflated MammoSite balloon is placed inside the tumor cavity. An applicator tube is connected to the balloon and remains outside the breast. The balloon is inflated with saline solution – filled to the point of filling the edges of the cavity. The balloon remains inflated for the entire treatment period. By placing the balloon inside the tumor cavity, the radiation will be directly next to the part of the breast that is at the highest risk for tumor recurrence. This method of treatment was very appealing to me in that it would closely target the diseased breast area.

I reported to the Radiation Oncology Department at Rochester General Hospital in the morning and afternoon for five consecutive days. The treatment was virtually painless and took approximately 45 minutes. I will say that the “applicator tube” which is outside of the breast is a bit awkward but certainly manageable with the correct bra – and a little tricky during sleep but again not to the point of discomfort. After my final treatment I reported to my surgeon who removed the applicator tube/balloon right in the office.

I was blessed with the most wonderful team of medical personnel that a patient could ask for, from the Breast Clinic where I was diagnosed to the Surgeon, Medical Oncologist, and Radiation Oncologist at Rochester General Hospital.

By the grace of God, the love of family & friends, and the medical team I endured my diagnosis and treatment of cancer. What tomorrow holds is anyone’s guess – but I learned something from this experience.

“Cancer may rob you of the blissful belief that tomorrow stretches into forever. In exchange you are granted the vision to see each day as precious, a gift to be used wisely and richly. No one can take that away.” (American Cancer Society)

And isn’t that what life was meant to be.

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.