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Elizabeth | age 54
Military
San Jose, CA
12 years, 2 months since her MammoSite treatment.
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While preparing for deployment to Iraq, I had my first mammogram done and "something" was there. I followed the mammogram up with an ultrasound. Sure enough I had a cyst in my left breast and microcalcifications in the right breast. I was then referred to Dr. Goedde in Indiana. On my first appointment I told Dr. Goedde I wanted to do whatever I could to still deploy with my unit. Dr. Goedde did a biopsy on both breasts and really didn't think I would have anything to worry about. Well four days later we learned that the left breast was just a cyst but the right side contained cancer. I hadn't really thought about anything past the biopsy. So I asked what next and how long and what did I need to do? Dr. Goedde explained that I was Stage 0 DCIS and that there was a procedure that we could do that would allow me to deploy with my unit and told me about MammoSite. I remember thinking okay, thatís not so bad. The word "cancer" was a little scary. It was all a whirlwind of information for me to be honest and with the training I was going through it was hard to think of it all and what was ahead. So I put my faith and trust in Dr. Goedde and we scheduled a lumpectomy. I then met with Dr. Tharpe for the radiation portion of the treatment. Again it was a little overwhelming but he was great and explained everything and put me in touch with his nurse Theresa Dallas who answered my five million questions. We did the lumpectomy - twice - to get clean margins and then the catheter was placed for the radiation. It was painless and easy and then I went to Dr. Tharpe for 5 days of treatment. Again it was too easy. I went first thing in the morning for my first round, then again in the late afternoon for the second. I would take a short nap while the radiation was being delivered, rest for awhile afterward, then went shopping or had lunch in between treatments. After the second round I went back to the office, checked emails, etc., and would rest. It was very simple and easy. The fifth day the catheter was removed and I was done. So I went from diagnosis to completing treatment in 30 days with very little interruption in my routine and training.

Afterwards I was tired for a few days but that was it!! Could it really be that easy?? YES

I have had my follow up mammograms and remain cancer free - thanks to the great doctors and MammoSite I made it!!

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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.