The breast surgeon recommended partial breast radiation for me, following a lumpectomy. A balloon is placed inside the incision site and I go twice a day for sessions in which a radioactive substance is temporarily placed inside the balloon. Radiation will be done in 5 days, which is great, but that is not the reason I went with this approach. Apparently this is a newer technique and there are clinical trials going on now to see whether it produced the same recurrence rates as standard… read more
I am very interested to find our more info about this, can you guys share more on who would be a good candidate for the partial- what lump position is favorable, etc? It wasn't offered to me (although I have some time until radiation part of my treatment plan) but I am curious about it. Although, I think its probably because I am triple negative that I won't qualify for partial. Any info you can share would be great! Thank you.
I had the partial radiation 2x per day 5 days straight. They called the ballon a SAVI. I also was recommended because of tumor size and location. I used one of my crying cards the day they inserted the balloon, it was overwhelming. However once the treatments began it was really very quick and painless. My team at the radiation center were awesome and knowing my fear of the tube (you have to have a scan everytime) they had everything ready and I was in for 30 seconds. The removal was a celebration day (you cant shower or really do anything especially drive so you don't bump the balloon) and it took less than 5 seconds. I just saw my doctor for the followup there is a small scar and my breast handled everything ok, there is some damage due to the radiation being so close to the skin. But when it was all said and done I am a proponent of the SAVI. Hope this helps.
Always ask your doctor. You have to meet certain criteria to get this kind of radiation. I would have done it if I qualified. I had 20 sessions of radiation ( called the Canadian Protocol) ask about that too. I know someone who had the five day radiation a couple of years ago and is doing fine. Ask ask ask. Good luck
also, was told that because of weight reconstruction was not possible. I need help
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