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Gloria F.

Retired
Port Orange, FL
Treated with SAVI – August 2012

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I had been having mammograms every six months for a few years and periodic ultrasounds. The very small spot appeared in a mammogram in May of 2012, followed by an ultrasound, MRI and biopsy. I was diagnosed with a small (9 mm), well-differentiated, invasive ductal carcinoma.

As I was educating myself on breast cancer, local facilities and physicians, I saw a video of the SAVI treatment on Halifax Oncology Center’s (Daytona Beach, Florida) web site. I did a significant amount of research on my options before meeting with my medical team and I knew that SAVI would be my first choice. However, I was open to any other options.

I discussed the SAVI with my surgeon, Dr. Joseph Bianchi of Volusia Surgical Associates, who agreed I was likely a good candidate as lumpectomy was the recommended surgery. I also discussed it with Dr. Brad Factor, my Radiation Oncologist, at Halifax Oncology Center. I fit all of the criteria (tumor size, age, estrogen receptor positive, well-differentiated, etc). Dr. Factor demonstrated the device, let me “play” with it, and spent a great deal of time explaining the process.

The SAVI was implanted three days after surgery with radiation the following week. I experienced no pain with insertion or removal of the SAVI device and none during the radiation treatments. I would happily recommend it to anyone. Had I done six weeks of radiation it might have impacted some of my volunteer activities and I would have been unable to continue my allergy injections for longer than two weeks.

I am very happy with Dr. Bianchi and the surgery center. The Twin Lakes staff and the surgery center staff were all wonderful.

Dr. Factor is patient, caring and makes sure that any questions or concerns are addressed. All of the medical personnel at Halifax Oncology were so caring, compassionate and uplifting to keep everything a positive experience.

It was a very positive experience for me and I was glad to avoid the effects of external radiation.