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Dana S.

Clerical
Indianapolis, IN
Treated with SAVI – January 2012

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I was diagnosed after a routine screening mammogram. My diagnosis came as a bit of a surprise. Other than my grandmother and an aunt, there was no family history of the disease. Fortunately, they caught it early. It was very small – Stage 0, non-invasive.

When we talked about my options, my doctor told me about 6 weeks of whole breast radiation vs. 5 days with SAVI. It was the first time I heard about 5-day radiation, but I’m so glad I was a candidate for SAVI. I liked that the radiation was so targeted, and 6 weeks of treatment would have been a significant hardship for me.

The whole treatment flew by – it was a breeze. When they put the SAVI in, they used a local anesthetic so all I felt was a little pressure. When the treatments were over, the device practically slid right out – it didn’t bother me at all. I was little tired during the week, but it wasn’t too bad. I went back to the work the following Monday and I felt fine.

I’m really happy I picked the SAVI option. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. I had a wonderful experience. The staff at St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis was so nice to me. I was also fortunate to receive assistance from the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, which provided me with free transportation to all my treatments.