Deatra M.

Paint Color and Coating Consultant
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Treated with SAVI – April 2010

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I am a 54 year old woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2010. I had gone in for a standard mammogram and never dreamt that I could have breast cancer. The initial days after diagnosis were very emotional but I am lucky to have a supportive family and a strong faith.

One of the hardest parts was finding the right doctor and facility. I prayed about my situation and did a lot of research. I had referrals to three different doctors but in the end chose Mt. Sinai Hospital and Dr. Thomas Mesko. I trusted the doctor and the caring staff to help me make the right decisions.

I had hoped I would be able to just have the five day of radiation that I had read about and when the radiation oncologist recommended SAVI it sounded like the right thing for my treatment. I thank God that I was diagnosed early and had the option of using SAVI. I live almost an hour from Mt. Sinai, so if I hadn’t been lucky enough to be a candidate for SAVI, I would’ve had to go somewhere closer to my home for the traditional radiation.

The five days of treatment went by quickly. The latest technology made the difference for me and I was able to go on with my life in such a short time. I feel blessed and thank God each day for my early diagnosis and options.