Email Page Print Page

My Story

Daesene | age 76
Retired Registered Nurse
Austin, TX
13 years, 4 months since her MammoSite treatment.

I, Daesene, was initially diagnosed with cancer in my left breast October 1998. In November 1998, I had a lumpectomy and axillary node removal - two of my lymph nodes contained cancer. My tumor was estrogen receptor positive. Beginning in December 1998, I began receiving 4 rounds of A/C adromycin/cytoxan. Upon completion, because beneficial effects of Taxol had been approved for women with cancer in lymph nodes, I received 4 rounds of Taxol, for a total of 6 months of chemo. Then I received total radiation of breast and axillary area for 4 weeks of 5 X/week. I required treatment for lymphedema in my right arm, secondary to lymph node removal.

I completed treatments in August 2000, the first year that Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France. Austin, TX had a party to celebrate Lance's first win, where thousands of us got on bikes and rode with Lance toward the Texas capital for a party to celebrate Lance's victory. I felt I was celebrating my victory over cancer at the same time.

In Dec '03 a small cancer was discovered in the same left breast, requiring another lumpectomy on 12-30-03. Treatment of choice for this cancer, estrogen receptor negative, was radiation. BUT, since I had already had that breast irradiated, could MammoSite be done?

My breast surgeon had heard of the MammoSite procedure and referred me to Dr. Timothy Dzuik. Those two physicians apprised me of the possible risks involved in irradiating a previously irradiated breast. I was willing to take the risk.

On Jan 29, 2004, Dr. Nelson surgically inserted a catheter into my left breast, for the purpose of delivering the targeted MammoSite radiation. I received MammoSite radiation Feb 2 thru Feb 6, 2004. The catheter was removed on the 5th day, after the 10th treatment.

There was a large ad in a local publication placed by the Radiation Center who performed the MammoSite, touting me (didn't use my name) as "being first Austin patient to receive MammoSite in a previously irradiated breast.

A small local burned area resulted. Dr. Dzuik took photos of my breast as it progressed post MammoSite, and, as I recall wrote up my experience for other physicians.

I highly recommend MammoSite radiation to those women who qualify for it.

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.