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My Story

Shay | age 70
Health Insurance Agent
Lexington, NC
12 years, 3 months since her MammoSite treatment.

December 19, 2006 was the day I heard the diagnosis of breast cancer. That was the “bad news”. The “good news” was it had been found early, providing proof that annual mammograms really do work!

I was told I could be treated with a lumpectomy and radiation. After the surgery, my doctor advised my situation met the guidelines for a new radiation procedure called MammoSite. This procedure required only 10 treatments over a 5-day period instead of the standard 38 full breast radiation treatments over 7 – 8 weeks. How wonderful!

After listening to what my doctors said about both procedures, I elected to go with MammoSite. It was then I discovered my health insurance carrier classified MammoSite as “investigational” and therefore would not cover the cost.

Since our State laws established an appeals process, I immediately notified my carrier of my election to have the procedure and requested an appeals hearing. My doctors had explained that I had to begin MammoSite within 30 days of my lumpectomy. It was necessary for me to push the appeals process.

Having won the appeal, I was able to have the MammoSite “balloon” implanted 27 days after my lumpectomy. On day 29, I began my treatments. 5 days later I was finished! I found the entire process to be quiet “doable”. Two treatments per day for five days kept me busy. However, I was still able to work at my office each day between treatments for about 4 hours.

After treatment ended, the only side effect I found was getting tired earlier in the day. This gradually improved over several weeks. [A quick afternoon nap was sometimes necessary during the first couple of weeks.]

Thanks to MammoSite, within eight weeks of my lumpectomy, my life was almost normal again!

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.