SAVI Sister - Marsha G.

Marsha G.

Faculty Secretary
O’Fallon, IL
Treated with SAVI – January 2013

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In December 2012, I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Cell Carcinoma and had surgery December 27. After two surgeries by my surgeon Dr. Julie Margenthaler, I was ready for treatment. I saw my medical oncologist first and she offered SAVI, explaining that it was 10 radiation treatments (2 a day for 5 days) or chemotherapy. Of course, I chose the SAVI radiation.

I saw my radiation oncologist, Dr. Imran Zoberi, on a Thursday and he offered to start that day! I was expecting this to be a consultation only, but I asked for 10 minutes to make a phone call to my boss. She told me to “do what it took to get well.” So I had the SAVI device installed and started treatments the next day at 7am and 2pm. The hardest part of the early morning treatment was the 24-mile drive to the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis from my home in O’Fallon, IL.

I found sleeping with the device to be a bit painful, and the weekend was difficult, but I made it through with the support of family, friends and co-workers. I did take that Friday off to get some sleep without the device, but by Monday, I was back to work with few side effects! I feel so blessed to have gotten through treatments so relatively easily with SAVI when a friend at work had to endure four months of chemo. I am so glad that progress has been made to make breast cancer treatments so much easier!