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My Story

Gayle | age 68
Recruiting Assistant
Marietta, GA
13 years since her MammoSite treatment.

I had a scare in January 2006 but the biopsy came back negative. On July 6, 2006 I had a follow-up mammogram and biopsy but this time it was positive for Stage I Lobular Carcinoma In-Situ. I found out on July 10th on the road to Texas for my daughter's college orientation and a wedding.

I was so very lucky to have an experienced doctor, Dr. Philip Israel of the Breast Center in Marietta, GA. This type of breast cancer is hard to detect and doesn't always create a lump. Lucky for me he continued testing until he determined what he was seeing in the mammogram and ultrasound.

I had a lumpectomy and Sentinel Node Biopsy on 7-24-06, the day after returning from Texas. I had the MammoSite catheter inserted on 8-11-06 and began MammoSite radiation treatments on 8-14-06, the first day back to school for my 5th grader. I had my last treatment on 8-18-06, had the catheter removed after the last treatment and then left the following morning to drive to Austin, TX to move my daughter into her college dorm. With a 22 year old daughter that had just graduated from UT in May, a 19 year old daughter beginning at UT in August and my youngest daughter, age 9, beginning her last year of elementary school, I was thrilled that I was a candidate for MammoSite and the short 5-day treatment time.

This treatment was so easy to do and didn't drain my body of the much-needed energy I would need to go through chemotherapy afterwards. I have told so many people about this treatment so they can spread the word to their family and friends. Knowledge is power in everything we do. I hope my 3 daughters are never faced with breast cancer but if they are I know that the treatments will continue to improve and one day, hopefully a cure is found.

MammoSite was by far the easiest part of going through breast cancer! Life is not a dress rehearsal so you need to make the most of each and every day that you have. Each day is a present, a gift from God!

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.