Kathy B.

CPA Admin
Cary, NC
Treated with SAVI – February 2010

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I don’t have a family history of breast cancer, but I get yearly mammograms because of having fibrocystic breasts. After my mammogram in December 2009, my doctor called me back for more tests because of a “suspicious finding.” I wasn’t very concerned, but on January 15, 2010, my doctor told me the micro calcifications they found were, in fact, breast cancer.

For treatment, the doctor recommended a lumpectomy, followed by radiation. At first, we discussed whole breast radiation. I didn’t love the idea of having to go through six weeks of radiation, but I figured I would just have to grin and bear it. But then he told me I was a perfect candidate for the SAVI applicator.

My lumpectomy was performed by my surgeon, Dr. Sean Canale, and my radiation oncologist was Dr. Justin J. Wu. They are both at Rex/UNC Hospital campus on Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh, NC.

At first, I was just thrilled that my treatment would last only five days and wouldn’t have a significant impact on my daily activities. But during treatment, the nurses started telling me about all of the side effects that can happen with whole breast radiation. I realized then how truly fortunate I was to have SAVI available.

I was really impressed with my whole SAVI treatment experience. There was slight discomfort at times but nothing that stopped me from my normal activities. I was worried about pain during the removal, but there was none at all. The best part was that I didn’t have to be out of commission for a whole week. That was really important to me, because I work in a CPA’s office and my treatment happened right in the middle of tax season. I was able to work, sleep and play through the entire treatment.

I would definitely recommend SAVI. I think it’s the best innovation out there. At first, I thought the greatest benefit was just the time it saved. But now I realize the long-term benefit of SAVI is that it spared so much healthy tissue from unnecessary radiation. That’s the truly amazing part, and I feel so fortunate that SAVI was an option for me.