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My Story

Joyce | age 62
Acquisition Specialist
Richmond, VA
12 years, 8 months since her MammoSite treatment.

I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), Stage 0 (pre-cancer) in January 2007. DCIS was discovered on my routine mammogram. It cannot be felt. I was terrified. I could not say the word or even talk about cancer with anyone. I was in denial. I didnít hear anything the doctor said except that one word. (CANCER.) I immediately began to pray and ask God for help. The surgeon told me what my options were at the time. My decision was to have a lumpectomy since the tumor was so small. After surgery, my doctor felt that I met the criteria for MammoSite therapy.

I was told that this therapy was still fairly new but doctors had received good results with their patients. I wasnít sure if this was a good idea. Therefore, I gave it to God and if it was his will I would be able to get through the therapy.

The balloon catheter was put in by the surgeon. The next day I went to the radiation oncology office to have a scan to check the balloon placement. The balloon was not fitting snugly. I returned every day for 6 days. I had faith that if this was Godís will it was going to happen. On day six, the oncologist informed me that if we could not start radiation he was going to send me back to the surgeon to make a decision. We were able to start radiation on day six. All the things that the staff told me that could possibly happen to me didnít happen. I never got that tired feeling.

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.