SAVI Sister - Martha H.

Martha H.

McKinney, TX
Treated with SAVI – March 2015

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One year, a friend of mine had skipped her mammogram, and when she finally had one the following year, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. I was about 4 months late getting my yearly mammogram, so I quickly made an appointment. I was extremely surprised to learn that they found a Stage 1 IDC tumor, grade 2- EST/PROG +, HER 2 Neg. I have no cancer history on either side of my family and I have had yearly mammograms since I was 32 years old—I am now 62 years old.

Because I was eligible for a lumpectomy, my doctors highly recommended SAVI to me instead of the 6 or 7 weeks of external radiation with potential side effects. The thought of the SAVI insertion and wearing this device for several days was daunting, but I ended up having no pain and no problems during my treatments. I was glad I chose SAVI. My surgeon, Dr. Lynn Canavan and my radiation oncologist, Dr. Jill Heffernan, were both excellent. They were very supportive and informative.

SAVI’s biggest benefit to me was that there were no side effects, which traditional radiation could have caused. I really was never tired. The insertion was done quickly in Dr. Canavan’s office under local anesthesia. Surprisingly there was no pain, just a little pinch. The radiation procedure itself is not uncomfortable at all. The removal was very quick and painless. I was able to sleep on either side after the first couple of nights of wearing the SAVI. While I did feel the SAVI device, it was not painful. I never even had to take pain medication.

I would absolutely recommend SAVI for women who are candidates. I was very leery of the whole process and now I realize I was a big chicken and it ended up being no big deal at all.