Jody S

Jody S.

Boynton Beach, FL
Treated with SAVI – April 2010

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SAVI was the perfect choice for me, especially with the shorter treatment time. I’m a widow living by myself, so it would have been very difficult for me to do the 6 weeks of whole breast radiation. But with SAVI, it took me longer to drive to the doctor’s office each day than it took for each treatment, and then five days later it was done.

I feel so lucky that SAVI came along. When I was first diagnosed, my doctor, Dr. Phillip Harris, told me the cancer was very small and that I was in such good health that he didn’t see any reason why I shouldn’t try SAVI. He told me everything about it, and then gave me some information to take with me. I went home, did my research and thought it looked interesting. So I called him and said “Let’s do it!” Dr. Harris was special. He had a great sense of humor and really made me feel at ease.

Other than feeling a little tired, I had no problems or side effects with the SAVI treatment. I was able to drive myself to and from the doctor’s office every day. My radiation oncologist was Dr. Ben Han and he was also so good to me. Like Dr. Harris, Dr. Han also had an exceptional nurses and office staff. The problem with whole breast radiation is that you never know how you’re going to react to it. My husband passed away from colon cancer five years ago and it was awful what he went through with the treatments. I feel very lucky – considering I had cancer, it was a positive experience.

I’ve already told several people about SAVI, but I also tell them that you have to have a positive attitude. I cannot stress that enough – you’ve got to be positive. Don’t ever say “Poor me.” When they told me I had cancer, I just said “Ok, let’s take care of it.” And I think that positive outlook really made a difference with my recovery. With the help of SAVI, it was a very, very positive experience.