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Kattbird
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   Posted 7/18/2005 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I know I mentioned this treatemt hoping that I will be a candidate for it in my "newbie" topic, but has anyone here done this radaition treatment?

gma
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   Posted 7/19/2005 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not heard of anyone here having this treatment. Isn't it really new? I hope you will share the details with us and be the one to teach us about it. Hugs MK


Kattbird
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   Posted 7/29/2005 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to let you all know, that I had my 2nd surgery Wednesday and I will be a candidate for this radiation treatment. I go next Friday for an xray or something so they can size me up or whatever. I can't remember half of what they tell me anymore. I'm still so overwhelmed by all of this. I'm still kind of feelin the effects of the anesthesia today. Blechhhhh! Here's a little something about it. I'll keep you updated once it starts and how it goes.


MammoSite Radiation Therapy System (RTS), FDA-approved in May 2002, is a simpler, less invasive method of delivering breast brachytherapy, a site-specific radiation treatment completed in four to five days, as compared to seven weeks for traditional external beam radiation therapy. The new device delivers radiation directly to the area where a breast tumor has been surgically removed via lumpectomy, which is the site where tumors are most likely to recur. With its site-specific approach, MammoSite avoids external beam therapy side effects, such as the irradiation of healthy tissue.

Brachytherapy is the first breast cancer treatment to deliver radiation directly to the original tumor site and decrease radiation time. While standard breast brachytherapy involves surgically implanting up to 24 catheters into the breast, MammoSite calls for just a single catheter to perform the therapy.

MammoSite RTS consists of a balloon catheter that is inserted into the area of the breast where the tumor was removed. Once inserted, the balloon is expanded and radiation is delivered through a tiny bead attached to a wire, irradiating the area surrounding the cavity.

gma
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   Posted 7/30/2005 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the explanation. It sounds like a great method to me. We will look forward to learning more from your experience. Anesthesia is a lingering effect, isn't it? I always felt it was almost the worst part of having surgery. Rest now and heal. Hugs, MK


Kattbird
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   Posted 8/5/2005 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
An update on this. I had the balloon and catheter inserted yesterday. The catheter is taped underneath my boob. I can't feel that there is a balloon inside of me but it's just the thought that's kind of ceepy. I'm like scared to move for fear that it may pop. It's filled with saline so if it does it's not like there will be something toxic running into me. Most of it would probably run out of me anyway. And of all things a rep from the company that makes them was there to watch and help if needed, and HE happened to be kind of cute too. I didn't have to let me they said, but when they said he traveled about 2-2 1/2 hours to watch I figured that was the least I could do. But he was very nice and wanted to know if I wanted him to hold my hand. I didn't really feel anything because they numbed my boob. But I just had surgery again on the 27th to take out 3 nodes (which were negative,yay) so I'm still recooperating from that pain. The pain under my arm from that is what has been the worst. I go for a catscan this morning to make sure the balloon is in the proper place and should start radiation on Monday 2 times a day but only for 5 days. Hopefully, I won't have any real side effects since it will be short term.
And the real kicker to this, is that I can't get the catheter wet!!! Which means trying to bathe and wash my hair is going to be an experience. So I told the girls in my office that I my get a little rank by the end of the week because I can't take a real shower or bath.
I have been up since 4 this morning because I just all of a sudden got stressed out by this along with the demands of my job having to answer phones at a help desk (which I HATE).
 
I am going on vac from 9/1-9/11 and I am so looking forward to that and will need it by the time this next 2 weeks is up. I will be having to answer THOSE phones on a regular basis because a person is going on vac next week, then the other goes the following week. And this is only supposed to be a back up job for me, but they have put my phone into the hunt group which forces me to answer the calls. Then the manager of that department has the nerve to try to make demands of me. I don't work for him and I won't do it. I had a run in with him the other day when he aksed me to make some calls and I told him no because I didn't like making those calls. I will answer the phones and that's it! He says that's part of the help desk, I said whatever and he left the paper on the desk and I and tried to hand him my work and said can you get someone to my work then since I have to do yours? I never did make the calls. I'm someone who sometimes unfortunately will speak my mind and voice my opnion (sometimes loudly) about things if I don't like it. People at work complain about this and that and I tell them if you don't tell anyone nothing will ever change and then they just pile more crap on you until one day you come in and shoot up the place. Not me, if I have a problem with something I tell someone about it. Anyway, sorry, I was kind of venting here at the end and didn't mean to make this post that long.
I will update on my treatments next week to let you all know what it's like.
Thanks for listening and the education I am getting reading everyone's posts. I 've been reading more than posting and have found everyone's helpful.
Thanks & {{{hugs}}} 
 

BAK
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   Posted 8/5/2005 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I have never heard of this, katbird.....very interesting.

I'm sorry you are having such a hard time at work.
Don't you just feel like yelling that you are being treated for cancer and they should be nice to you?

Feel free to vent!

HUGS!

beth

Kattbird
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   Posted 8/5/2005 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes, I do feel like yelling sometimes especially at that warehouse manager. nono   Here's a link to the site of the radaition I will be doing. I start Monday w/1 treatment at 7:30am and the other at 4 in the afternoon along with a scan each time they do it. And I will be finished at the end of the week. I forgot to ask about any side effects, but I don't think there will really be any.

http://mammosite.com/index_mammo.asp


gma
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   Posted 8/7/2005 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the information and education. It sounds really interesting. Sorry your job is a pain in the you know what. Dealing with phones and people are not my favorite thing, either. I worked in accounting and never liked having to call when payments were overdue. So I can understand. Fortunately when I had a lot of that to do I had a helper who enjoyed it, so she made all those calls. LOL Take care tomorrow. Hugs, MK


Kattbird
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   Posted 8/8/2005 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Alrightyyyyyyyy then, I had my 1st 2 treatments of this today. I have to say, there was nothing to it! :-) I didn't feel a thing. I'm just experiencing some tingly like pain where the incision is. My appts are at 7:30 am and 3:45 pm. They have to be at least 6 hours apart.They do a CT scan first, then the radiation. They just hook a small tube up to my catheter and send the seed into the balloon. It lasts about 8 minutes. Then when I go in the afternoon they do a scan again and then the rad. They do the scan to make sure everything is still in place. My treatment will be over on Friday and they will take the catheter and balloon out after the last treatment.

Unfortunately, this treatment can't be for everyone. If your lump is over 3 centimeters they won't do it. And my Onc doesn't want to do anyone over 45 either (whihc may also be a general rule)because of possible menopause. I'm 47 and I'm not menopausal. I lucked out on both of these. I think they probably just want to add another person to the list of these treatments. I will not have any side effects (thank goodness). So anyone who may be a candidate for this, I would highly recommend this option if it is given to you. :-)

Post Edited (Kattbird) : 8/8/2005 4:09:56 PM (GMT-6)


Kattbird
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   Posted 8/12/2005 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Yay! I finished my rads today. They took out the balloon and I barely felt anything. I had all this anxiety all afternoon about more pain. I had surgery on 7/27, a week later they made an additional teeny incision where I was already cut for this balloon. So I have been having pain one way or another for the last 2 weeks. I can finally take a shower. This bird bath bathing doesn't quite cut it. Then...because this thing would drain, I was wearing a maxi pad under it to catch any drainage and on top of that I started draining from the other end (if you know what I mean) So I have been wearing pads in 2 places for the last week. Anyway, that part is over.

BAK
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   Posted 8/12/2005 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL! Good description Katt!

I'm so glad that you finished and get to shower now. I hated waiting to shower after surgery and having the drains and all. I always feel better with a REAL shower.

So now that the rads is done....what next?

I wish I could have had something like this...unfortunately I am 52 and my tumor was too big. But how wonderful to get it all over with so quickly!

Beth : )

Kattbird
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   Posted 8/12/2005 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   

I go for consultaion with a diff Onc & Hemtology office on the 17th I guess to discuss chemo. sad sad sad sad sad

I am so thankful that I was able to do this procedure. I may have said that somewhere else. This was pretty easy. I know chemo won't be.


BAK
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   Posted 8/12/2005 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Try not to worry about it Katt. You got this far and you will be able to get through chemo too.
Just remember that it will not last forever!

I am the biggest baby and HATE needles and I got through surgery and still in chemo ...so THAT is a miracle! LOL

God gives us the ability to do whatever needs to be done...and sometimes not until we are already starting to do it.

Take care and try to just take care of what you need to do for today.

HUGS,

Beth
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