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My Story

Diane | age 69
Administrative Assistant
Downers Grove, IL
15 years since her MammoSite treatment.

It was October 2004; I went in for my mammogram as I did every year in October. A week later I was called back for a second mammogram about an area of concern. I went in by myself thinking it was just an inaccuracy with the film or a misreading of some sort. Much to my surprise, I was wrong. I was in shock when the radiologist informed me that I had a spot in my left breast that needed to be biopsied that could possibly be cancer. I went the next week for the biopsy only to find out that I did have breast cancer. Me! Why Me???? I had just gone through this with my older sister in 2001, now me. I am 54 years old. What do I do now? I turned to Steve, my fiancée and boyfriend of 8 years for support. He said, “Honey, we will get through this together. I will be there for you every step of the way. I love you and I will be right by your side. You know that you go every year for your mammogram, so it can’t be that bad.” Steve was my Rock!! Now, with no time to spare I had to find a surgeon, decide what kind of radiation, if I wanted radiation, which I would have. I was informed by Dr. Colleen Hagen, the surgeon that I chose from LaGrange Hospital, who was referred to me by a close friend of mine, after meeting with her, that I would be a candidate for MammoSite if I would decide to have it. What is this MammoSite? She explained it to me. Of course I was in a state of shock and heard probably nothing she was telling me because I was still numb from hearing that I, Diane, had breast cancer. Steve took down all of the details carefully and we discussed them thoroughly with my two sons Chuck and Mike. I wanted them to be in on this decision concerning my health. The four of us decided that if I could have it, this radiation therapy, suggested by Dr. Hagen, would be the best and easiest for me. We were told that it was still in somewhat of an experimental stage, but it was highly recommended by the doctor. I had so many decisions to make I felt that my head was spinning. Now that I decided on MammoSite, Steve and I had to meet with Dr. Stutz, the radiologist who would be administering the radiation. Dr. Stutz also explained MammoSite to both of us. I then proceeded with the surgery; having a lumpectomy, had the MammoSite put in during surgery and followed up with the radiation treatments as planned and then went through chemotherapy after that. The results of the MammoSite were wonderful, quick and over in little time, no burning of the tissue of the surrounding outside skin areas. I would highly recommend this to any woman who is considering the MammoSite radiation.

Here I am 5 years later and I am doing great. Steve and I will be celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary on June 25, 2010. I am happy to be a survivor and have gone through this having wonderful doctors who informed me of such a wonderful treatment option.

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.