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Mary Ann Cook

Mary Ann C.

Retired School Teacher
Scottsdale, AZ
Treated with SAVI – March 2008

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In February 2008, I had a lumpectomy to remove a small tumor in my left breast. Less than a month later, I was done with the radiation therapy portion of my treatment thanks to SAVI.

My doctor said I was a perfect candidate for SAVI, not only because of my small tumor size, but also because of my attitude. I really wanted something that fit my lifestyle, and I didn’t want something that would inconvenience my life.

SAVI turned out to be the perfect choice for me. I didn’t have any side effects or complications. Even the five days of treatment didn’t slow me down. I ran errands, went out to dinner with my husband, even took long walks with a friend. It was such a minimal inconvenience and I’m so grateful that SAVI allowed me to function during my treatment.

It also allowed me to get back to normal sooner. The doctors told me that I might want to take some time off work, so I sort of cleared my schedule for a month. But after two and a half weeks, I was ready to go back. The doctors told me I could as long as I felt up to it, so I’ve been back to my regular routine ever since then.

I learned two important lessons from my experience. First, it reminded me about the benefits of early detection. I lost my mother to colon cancer, so I’ve always been vigilant about my health, but this just helped reinforce that. But it also changed my idea of how cancer impacts people’s lives. The whole ‘C’ word puts everybody off so badly. I mean, it obviously wasn’t the best news I ever heard, but considering how easy it was for me, I have such a different view of the whole cancer experience – mostly that it doesn’t have to be such a life-shattering event.