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My Story

Janice | age 81
Data Entry Analyst
Pembroke Pines, FL
18 years, 2 months since her MammoSite treatment.

In June 2001 during an ultrasound with needle aspiration on my left breast, for an enlarged cyst, which I have had Fibrosytic Disease since 1990, the doctor was unable to aspirate the cyst. It was diagnosed as Tubular Cancer, which I later discovered my Mother had the same cancer in her left breast. She was 79 years old at the time and elected to only take tamoxifen after her breast biopsy. She died at age 83 from heart failure with possible stroke in May 2002.

My oncologist told me that I needed radiation for this type of cancer, which the treatment was daily radiation for 5 weeks. Since my husband had received this treatment for cancer of the lungs, I was horrified and after discussing with one of my sons, I was ready to refuse this treatment as I had seen firsthand the results and skin damage, but I agreed to see the radiation oncologist who offered me the option of a research catheter with internal radiation, if I met the requirements, since I had already had the lumpectomy.

My tissue measurements met the requirements and I was scheduled for the procedure to insert the MammoSite catheter on August 13, 2001, then scheduled for the radiation August 15, 2001, which was 2 times daily for only 5 days. I found this whole event so easy and painless. I had no side effects except for one morning I found a small area peeling as it would from a slight sunburn.

I started taking Tamofixen in August 2001 and finished August 2006 with no side effects. I have had regular mammograms and ultrasounds, usually 4 to 6 months and several cyst aspirations but no sign of recurring cancer. My last mammogram with ultrasound was January 2, 2007, the doctor compared all my mammograms/ultrasounds and there are no changes.

With MammoSite Radiation Therapy my life has not changed, I work 9-10 hours daily, travel every chance I get, 27 days to Europe, New York, Pennsylvania to see my youngest son, Disney World several times with my grandsons, to the gym 3 times a week. There is nothing I cannot do now that I was able to do before, except enjoy it more for the 2nd chance I have at LIFE.

I did a TV interview, several phone interviews, a photo shoot for Reader's Digest and I wish everyone who has had breast cancer could have this procedure. I keep asking my radiation oncologist if they have found a way to use this procedure to treat other cancer areas.

I really appreciate the opportunities I have had and would like to tell the world I highly recommend the MammoSite Therapy.

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.