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SAVI Sisters - Kathy T.

Kathy T.

Retired
Liberty Township, OH
Treated with SAVI – October 2013

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I was about 6 months late getting my yearly mammogram when I felt pain in my right breast. I scheduled my mammogram and left for a 4-day trip. When I returned home, I had several messages from my primary physician, Dr. Chandan Gupta, asking if I had scheduled my ultrasound. This was a shock to me, as I didn’t really think anything was wrong. I scheduled the ultrasound and was told I needed a biopsy. Since I was there I went ahead and had it done. Three days later I got the news I had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.

I was referred to Dr. Lydia Hernandez and she was a blessing! She herself was a breast cancer survivor and helped me calm down. I was so nervous she gave me a gift. A stuffed FROG and told me that frog stood for Fully Rely On God. We went over my options and she said a lumpectomy would be the way to go. Doing a mastectomy would be like treating it with a sledgehammer when a fly swatter would work just as well with my type of tumor. Because my tumor was small—less than 2 CM, Grade 2—and was positive for estrogen and progesterone but negative for HER2/neu, she said I would be a good candidate for SAVI.

My radiation oncologist, Dr. Sudha Mahalingam, was fantastic. We started the treatment 2 days after surgery. As you may have guessed, I am a wimp but her staff was wonderful. The removal of the SAVI device worried me a little but I didn’t feel a thing!

I would recommend SAVI to anyone who is a candidate for it. Five days of therapy versus the alternative….SAVI wins hands down.

I just had my yearly mammogram and it came back normal. One year to the day of surgery!