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SAVI Sister - Clare P.

Clare P.

Nurse
Oaklyn, NJ
Treated with SAVI – March 2014

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I had a routine mammogram in October 2013 which showed a questionable dense area. A diagnostic mammogram with contrast in January 2014 showed a hypoechoic mass and a biopsy performed at the same time revealed grade 1 invasive ductal carcinoma. Then the frenzy started.

My surgeon, Dr. Karen Hendershot, and my radiation oncologist, Dr. Ashraf Youssef, were both fabulous. The treatment options I was offered were mastectomy or lumpectomy and then SAVI or 7 weeks of whole breast radiation. My doctors recommended SAVI and even though I had never heard of it, I was glad SAVI was an option because it took much less time and had no side effects.

The week of my treatments was very busy and I felt tired. I had some trouble sleeping, as it was uncomfortable at times, but not painful. The removal of the SAVI was painless. I really had a great experience and was able to return to my “normal” life quickly.