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Sandy | age 77
Former Stockbroker/B & B Owner
Skaneateles, NY
12 years, 6 months since her MammoSite treatment.

I must tell you that I feel guilty being a candidate for MammoSite. I’ve known so many women who went through h—l with breast cancer and I feel guilty because I felt it was so easy with MammoSite. So many of my friends who had general radiation went through the 5-7 week regimen with sensitive, burned skin and complete exhaustion the last 2-3 weeks. I had absolutely none of that. From day 1 of MammoSite through day 5 I had absolutely no discomfort and feeling of tiredness. The only discomfort I had at any time was the insertion of the MammoSite balloon/catheter. Even having that in place for 9 days was not uncomfortable.

I must confess that I was aware of site-specific radiation treatment for treatment of breast cancer from an article I had read a couple of years ago in the Syracuse “Post Standard” newspaper. I had a friend who had just completed the traditional radiation and was complaining about the discomfort and weariness associated with it. So, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December ’06 I asked the surgeon in Syracuse for more information. He gave me the MammoSite informational CD.

When I decided to have the lumpectomy in Stuart, FL, where I have a winter home, I called Martin Memorial Hospital; asked for the oncology center and asked the person who answered the phone what local doctors used MammoSite for their patients. She gave me 4 names. I asked her “If I were your mother which one would you send me to?” She said Dr. James Vopal and gave me his telephone number. From the moment I entered his office I made it known I wanted MammoSite if I met the qualifications.

I feel so fortunate that my breast cancer was handled in such an easy and efficient way. I would be happy to extol the virtue of MammoSite to anyone at any time.

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.