Marci W.

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Indianapolis, IN
Treated with SAVI – October 2011

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I was diagnosed with breast cancer over Labor Day weekend 2011. As a matter of fact, I was on our boat with four friends when I received the diagnosis. Generally speaking, I am a fairly passive person but, in this instance, I immediately went into action. Even though it was the weekend, I contacted one of my lifelong friends who is very actively involved with cancer research and advocacy. She immediately contacted one of her good friends, an oncologist. No more than two hours later, the oncologist contacted me and plans for treatment were underway.

Prior to having a partial mastectomy, I spoke to the radiation oncologist who was recommended. After speaking to her and weighing the 6 weeks vs. 1 week option, it was a “no brainer”.

During the week of radiation, as luck would have it, there was no rest for the wicked! My 17-year-old son’s football team won Sectionals which meant that I was in charge of making food for the football team. No problem! The radiation went very smoothly…no side effects, pain, lethargy, no nothin’! I was able to run home (I live approximately 20 miles from IU Medical Center where I was receiving treatment) after my first treatment each day and cook for the team.

I have been so blessed not only to have no side effects but to have such a terrific treatment team. A BIG shout out to the IU Med team: Dr. Jennifer Zook and her nurse Patty, and the radiation oncology staff: Brian, Geneveve, Dr. Zang, and Dr. Eric. There is nothing that I can think of that they could have done differently from beginning to end.

I must confess that I was ready for the SAVI device to be removed but was a bit apprehensive about the removal process. It was a piece of cake. I returned to work on Monday after my treatment concluded no worse for wear. It has now been 10 days since my device was removed. I have slight discoloration in my breast and the implant site is healing nicely.

I would highly recommend to candidates for this type of radiation treatment to GO FOR IT!