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My Story

Janet | age 72
Retired Teacher
Amherst, NY
12 years, 7 months since her MammoSite treatment.

During my regular mammogram, in October of 2006, the doctor found calcifications, which indicated breast cancer. This was the beginning of several months of intense physical and emotional angst; fortunately my husband and friends were very supportive and with me all the way. Soon after my mammogram I had a biopsy, which confirmed I had breast cancer; luckily it was DCIS.

My doctor, Ronald Bauer, performed a lumpectomy in early December. After the surgery I was told the margins were not completely clear of cancer cells so a second lumpectomy occurred in early January. This time the results were good, the margins were clean. Dr. Bauer suggested I undergo radiation treatments. The cancer cells were classified as high grade. He felt I was a candidate for the relatively new procedure known as MammoSite. I did some reading about MammoSite, and met with my radiation oncologist, Dr. Khalil, who explained the entire procedure. I decided this was the program for me, since there were very few negative side affects and it would be over in just 5 days. My surgeon inserted the balloon, which was uncomfortable but not painful and I started treatment soon after. I missed having a good shower for a week but little else in my life changed.

I finished treatments just in time for my son and his wife to deliver twin boys in late January. I was a little tired but not enough to keep me from enjoying being a new grandmother.

If your doctor tells you that you are a good candidate for MammoSite, from my experience I would recommend 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.