SAVI Sister - Pamela C.

Pamela C.

Executive Administrative Assistant
Denton, TX
Treated with SAVI – May 2013

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I had my first mammogram at age 35 and because I had calcifications, I have had one every year since then. I also practice breast self-exams, so I was surprised when I found a small lump in the upper side of my left breast in March of 2013. I tracked it for 2-3 weeks, but it did not get smaller so I decided to get my mammogram early. My scheduled appointment was in June, but I went in on April 16th. The mammogram and sonogram revealed something that was not quite normal, so they did a needle biopsy. A few days later, I got the call from the office and was told that cancer cells had been found.

I still felt little anxiety, but followed the protocol. I visited the breast surgeon, who determined that the Stage 1 ductal tumor would make me a great candidate for a lumpectomy. Dr. Kerri Perry, my surgeon, was absolutely so wonderful and so reassuring, and I had a lumpectomy done on an out-patient basis.

Since my lymph nodes had no involvement, I was a candidate for the SAVI treatment. My radiation oncologist, Dr. Jeffery Morton, is such a great doctor. He absolutely believes in partial breast radiation and was happy to inform me that I was a candidate for SAVI. Both Dr. Morton and Dr. Perry are proponents of the therapy and told me that partial breast radiation produces the same outcomes as traditional whole breast radiation. They also told me that anecdotal evidence suggests that the SAVI therapy may have even better outcomes than the old 5-7 week therapy! There was never a doubt in my mind as to whether to have the SAVI treatment. I was so happy that I qualified!

During my treatment, I missed 2 days of work—the day of the lumpectomy and the day after. I had SAVI treatments in May, and never missed any work at all. I told my boss and HR department only about my cancer diagnosis, and my lifestyle was not affected in the least. At my first six-month follow-up, everything looked great. I would definitely recommend this treatment to anyone who qualifies, because you just get it over and done with and there was no skin reaction or burning. I did feel slightly more tired by evening than I had before, but I had a surgery and radiation therapy all within 30 days, so that was to be expected.

My cancer was almost a non-issue. From lump discovery to lumpectomy to radiation to life back to normal was a matter of less than three months. I see the brave cancer survivors who have gone through so very much and I feel unworthy to put myself in the same category, so there are many people do not even know that I went through this treatment this year. I would definitely recommend my surgeon, my radiation oncologist and my SAVI treatment option!