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My Story

Joan | age 88
Data entry clerk
Hanover Park, IL
14 years, 6 months since her MammoSite treatment.

Seventeen years ago, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. They found the right kidney was infected and removed it. Luckily the cancer was encapsulated so I did not require any further treatment. Foolishly I decided Id had my cancer so I began to be forgetful of breast mammograms. On one trip to the internist he said you need a mammogram. So I agreed and a spot was found. Most thought it wasnt significant, but they did a needle biopsy. That showed malignancy. I was directed to Dr. Kinney and he did the surgery and checked the lymph nodes. Again God smiled on me and the nodes were clear. Dr. Kinney outlined the program for me a MammoSite after surgery. I agreed and all the factors agreed size, position, clear lymph nodes and hormones were OK. Dr. Kinney asked if I would be willing to have the procedure done in his office. Previously it had been done in an outpatient trip to the hospital. I readily agreed and the procedure was very simple. There was equipment to monitor the positioning of the balloon in my breast (local pain medication), once the balloon was in place it was inflated slowly as the doctor watched on the monitor to check the position. I was told to wear a bra and be careful of hugs. The following Monday I went to the hospital and met the radiologist. Pictures were taken to be sure the balloon was in place and the following day I started 5 days of 14 minutes of radiation twice a day usually 7:00 to 7:30am and again six hours later. This was not at all hurtful no discomfort whatsoever. The time in between was tedious since I dont drive in the winter, so I stayed at the hospital between treatments. Each morning and afternoon I was tested to see if my balloon was still in place and then had the radiation pellet inserted and had 14 minutes of treatment. Then the technician made sure the radiation was back in the machine. I never had any difficulty or pain. The last treatment was given and the radiologist removed the balloon with a simple pull and short discomfort, perhaps because I choose not to have medication. All in all, all the doctors and technicians were very professional and gave me all the support I needed. The only thing I noticed was my right breast seemed suntanned but that has faded. Mammograms were taken at 3-6-12 months and all is well. I certainly would recommend the procedure to anyone lucky enough to meet the requirements.

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.