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SAVI Sister - Robin M.

Robin M.

Program Management Consultant
Richland, WA
Treated with SAVI – October 2012

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My annual mammogram in August of 2012 showed a suspicious lesion, which was confirmed by an ultrasound. After diagnosis of Invasive Ductal Cell Carcinoma I had surgery. My surgeon’s name was John Droesch, MD of the Kadlec Medical Clinic in Richland, WA. I was then referred to a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist for radiation treatment options. The radiation oncologist I saw was Michael Myers, MD. He was amazing. My medical oncologist was Dr. Eric Gamboa from Columbia Basin Hematology and Oncology, Kennewick, WA.

I had a good experience with my physicians. I was offered 5 days of twice a day radiation therapy with SAVI or a balloon device, or external radiation over 4-5 weeks. Initially I had the balloon device implanted but the radiation oncology staff could not get acceptable dose calculations. So my radiation oncologist, Dr. Myers, removed the balloon and implanted the SAVI, which he had highly recommended because he said it was more targeted. I hadn’t heard of SAVI before but I researched it online. I really liked that it was 5 days, twice a day therapy with few side effects instead of daily therapy for 5 weeks with many side effects.

Once my treatment started, each treatment was approximately 5 minutes and there was no discomfort. The device itself was somewhat uncomfortable for sleeping, and there was some redness after the final treatment day, but I would absolutely recommend SAVI to a friend and I actually have. I am so impressed with and grateful for the advances in breast cancer radiation treatment brought by the makers and providers of the SAVI. Amazing!