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Sharon B.

Banking
Williamstown, NJ
Treated with SAVI – September 2010

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I had first been diagnosed with a lump in my breast about two years ago after a bad mammogram. Unfortunately, no one told me about the lump for eight months. Given how faithful I had been at having the right tests and taking care of my health, I couldn’t understand how this happened. Everyone offered excuses as to why I wasn’t notified, and I was finally sent to a surgeon for biopsy. Thankfully, the lump was benign.

This past May, I felt a lump in the same breast – this time, in a different location. The lump turned out to be malignant – Stage I cancer, 3 centimeters big. I had a lumpectomy, but tests on the tissue removed showed that there were pre-cancerous cells on the margin, and I was told that I would have to have a second surgery to take out more tissue. At this time, my surgeon recommended SAVI.

I did some research on SAVI, and it seemed to make a lot of sense for me. I work about an hour away from home in the government banking field. With no back-up to take over my responsibilities at a very busy time, I needed to get back to work as quickly as I could. With seven weeks of traditional radiation, I would have had to squeeze it in over my lunch break. I think I would have been a zombie during that time. I wouldn’t have been able to go to the gym, to write, to think creatively – all the things I enjoy doing.

I was shocked at how minimal my pain was throughout SAVI treatment. I could feel the device a little bit, and needed to sleep on my back, but the discomfort was very minor. My experience helped me trust the medical system again – the doctors and nurses who treated me were so supportive and wonderful.