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Dorothy P.

Retired
Hoodsport, WA
Treated with SAVI – December 2011

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When it came to my health, 2011 was an eventful year for me. In May, I had a stroke that affected my left foot and leg. In July, I suffered nerve damage in my right leg that makes it virtually impossible to walk on my own. Then in September, I was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. I couldn’t help thinking, “What is going on with my body?”

After I had surgery to remove the cancer, my surgeon told me I needed radiation. I thought, “Why do I need radiation? Didn’t they get it all?” But I went to see the radiation oncologist, and he told me about the SAVI device. He said it was my choice, but that SAVI only takes 5 days, while whole breast radiation would take more than 6 weeks. He also said that SAVI would probably be a lot easier and better for me because of all my other health problems.

I knew I wanted to have the SAVI treatment, but it was still a little scary and nerve-wracking to make that decision. The radiation oncologist told me to read more about the procedure on the SAVI Sisters website. That was very helpful. After reading about other women’s experiences, it made me feel a lot better.

Even though I had to travel almost 80 miles to get to a facility that offered SAVI, it was definitely worth it. I couldn’t imagine having to go in every day for over 6 weeks, but 5 days was a piece of cake. Everybody was so nice – I wasn’t just a patient lying on the table, I was a person to them. Any time I had a question, they answered it completely. It was a little uncomfortable to have the device in, and I did get a little tired towards the end, but as soon as they removed it on December 22, I felt fine. I was so happy to be able to celebrate the holidays with my family.

I’m so glad my radiation oncologist told me about SAVI – I think it’s well worth it. If you’re a good candidate for SAVI, I say go for it.