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Jackie | age 59
Construction Operations Assistant
Athens, AL
12 years, 7 months since her MammoSite treatment.

On December 1, 2006, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma. It was found in a routine mammogram followed by digital mammogram and stereotactic biopsy. I was stunned. I had been dealing with health issues for the past two years caused from a B12 deficiency called pernicious anemia. I had had a battery of test in the previous years and the standard comment from the doctors was, “At least we know you don’t have cancer.” And here it was, “I have cancer.”

The Breast Center sent me directly to a breast surgeon the same day for a consultation. He reassured me that since the cancer was so small, .3 cm and a less aggressive form of cancer, I could be treated with lumpectomy and radiation. He immediately set me up an appointment with a radiation oncologist and on the way out the door said, “Ask him if you are a candidate for MammoSite.” I have an aunt and a mother-in-law that have both been treated for breast cancer and had never heard of MammoSite.

My radiation oncologist thought I would be a good candidate for MammoSite therapy and explained the procedure for receiving it. I have a lot of issues with fatigue from my B12 deficiency and was concerned with how I would be able to withstand 6 weeks of radiation treatment. My oncologist and surgeon both agreed that the effects on my body would be a lot less invasive with the 5-day MammoSite Targeted Radiation Therapy.

My lumpectomy was done, and then the MammoSite catheter was inserted two days later with very little pain. My treatments started on Monday and were completed on Friday. I then had the catheter removed by the radiation oncologist. Less than two weeks from surgery to end of treatment. It was great. I had a few issues with blistering and pain, but some of it was from a tape allergy and surgery. I am very glad that I was a candidate for MammoSite therapy. If the cancer returns, I now have more options for future treatment.

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.