Treatment

MammoSite: A Survivor's Story

PJ Hamel Health Guide November 13, 2008
  • Dani Ligett (center) with sister Gaby (l) and friend Jane (r) at the 2008 Norris Cotton Cancer Center fundraiser last July.   Dani Ligett and I were introduced through our cancer center’s volunteer program. The first time we met, she was lying in a hospital bed with a 24-hour-old tram-...

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  • Anonymous
    Terrie
    Jul. 20, 2012

    I've been searching the web today to find women who have had the MammoSite radiation.  The 5 days as opposed to 6+ weeks sounds sooo appealing.  But Dani's story has opened my eyes.  My Radiologist Oncologist said she felt that I was too young and that I might not be happy with the "cosmetic" results with MammoSite treatment.  Honestly,...

    RHMLucky777

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    I've been searching the web today to find women who have had the MammoSite radiation.  The 5 days as opposed to 6+ weeks sounds sooo appealing.  But Dani's story has opened my eyes.  My Radiologist Oncologist said she felt that I was too young and that I might not be happy with the "cosmetic" results with MammoSite treatment.  Honestly, I've had large breasts and was not that worried about the cosmetic side, more concerned with best chance at no recurrance.  But Dani's story has made me realize that the 6+ wks it takes for a proven therapy is worth the price to pay.  Since my mass was only 5 mm, so tiny it couldn't be found by self exam followed by a lumpectomy & sentinel node plus one node biopsy - with clear margins in tissue and nodes both clear so I thought my chances would be improved for MammoSite.  Dani, thanks for sharing your experience.  4 years later your story is still making an impact...it is just the info I needed to make my decision. God Bless, Terrie

     

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jul. 20, 2012

      Terrie, so glad Dani's story could help infom your decision. All decisions around cancer treatment are tough, and it really helps to hear from peers about personal experiences. Best of luck to you - PJH

    • Dani
      Jul. 21, 2012

      Hi PJ and Terrie,

       

      This week was our local hospital's big ride/walk fund raiser for cancer research.  PJ and a bunch of folks connected to our support group walked to raise money.  It is a lovely time to help out the folks who helped us, to connect with each other, and to remember and celebrate.

       

      This week we also lost one of our group...

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      Hi PJ and Terrie,

       

      This week was our local hospital's big ride/walk fund raiser for cancer research.  PJ and a bunch of folks connected to our support group walked to raise money.  It is a lovely time to help out the folks who helped us, to connect with each other, and to remember and celebrate.

       

      This week we also lost one of our group to cancer.  Reading Terrie's note and re reading the story that PJ so beautifully wrote was a good reminder to me of the gifts I'm surrounded with.  Thank you both.

       

      Terrie good luck with your treatment.  PJ keep at it, you've touched so many lives with your writing and your presence.

       

      Hugs, Dani

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jul. 21, 2012

      Dani, I'm so thankful we're here - still here - to share our experiences. The years going by give us a lot of persepctive - on what we've been through, what it's meant to our lives and our friends and families, and how we can use the experience to help the women coming along behind us. Thanks for continuing to be here, and in my life - PJH

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    Tammy in Colorado
    Nov. 21, 2008

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2008.  Underwent lumpectomy and then re-excision.  I had a very low scoring oncotype but opted to have four courses of chemotherapy just for precaution and then decided to opt for the accellerated partial breast irradiation which was two radiation treatments a day for five days because I live in a rural...

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    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2008.  Underwent lumpectomy and then re-excision.  I had a very low scoring oncotype but opted to have four courses of chemotherapy just for precaution and then decided to opt for the accellerated partial breast irradiation which was two radiation treatments a day for five days because I live in a rural town about three hours away from the radiation facility and I was able to stay there for the whole week and get it done.  I know it isn't a sure thing but this was most convenient for me at the time.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 21, 2008

      Tammy, totally makes sense. I'm glad MammoSite was an option for you. Best of luck going forward- PJH

  • Haralee
    Nov. 21, 2008

    I really was not that sure of the treatment and you explained this prodecure and journey very well. Thanks.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 21, 2008

      Glad we could help, Haralee - PJH

  • steakprincess
    Nov. 14, 2008

    Interesting to say the least.  Everyone is different and unique.  One does what one has to do at the time and regrets are just a waste of time.  

     

    It just goes to show you what I have said in the past and still believe in my heart; it's all trial and error.  NOTHING is 100% for sure.

     

    Danielle

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 14, 2008

      You got that right, sister- We're all guinea pigs in this long, long, LONG clinical trial called cancer treatment! And I'm happy to help out - live and learn, with the important word there being LIVE. Thanks for connecting, Diane- PJH

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 14, 2008

      Sorry - Danielle! Chemobrain means not remembering ANYTHING form one second to the next... Embarassed

    • steakprincess
      Nov. 15, 2008

      You have nothing to be sorry for.  Your posts are interesting and informative and I appreciate you posting.

       

      I was always a "blonde" with brown hair, and now the chemo gives me an excuse to "act" ditsy!!  LOL

       

      And I'm sorry if I seem a little cynical sometimes or "debbie downer", it's just that I do feel like a guinea pig sometimes and...

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      You have nothing to be sorry for.  Your posts are interesting and informative and I appreciate you posting.

       

      I was always a "blonde" with brown hair, and now the chemo gives me an excuse to "act" ditsy!!  LOL

       

      And I'm sorry if I seem a little cynical sometimes or "debbie downer", it's just that I do feel like a guinea pig sometimes and the more women I hear from, the more pessimistic I get about the treatments for breast cancer.  Maybe someday it won't be so trial and error. 

       

      Danielle

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Nov. 15, 2008

      Danielle, take heart. We'll all get through this, together. The "guinea pigs" we are now are payback for the women who've gone before us, who had disfiguring radical mastectomies and burning radiation and chemo that accidentally went over the line and killed them. Think how much better things are now. Consider how much better they'll be in the future, for our...

      RHMLucky777

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      Danielle, take heart. We'll all get through this, together. The "guinea pigs" we are now are payback for the women who've gone before us, who had disfiguring radical mastectomies and burning radiation and chemo that accidentally went over the line and killed them. Think how much better things are now. Consider how much better they'll be in the future, for our daughters, because we're taking the hit with these new treatments. You're doing a service to humanity, did you ever think of it that way? You're a hero. Never forget it. -PJH