Hear from real people who have been treated with TARGIT-IORT
For my first breast cancer I had 6 weeks of external beam radiation therapy after my lumpectomy. I suffered radiation rash and the tyranny of daily appointments for that time period. The treatment also left me with hardened breast tissue.
When I was diagnosed seven years later with my second breast cancer in the opposite breast, I was delighted to learn that I qualified for IORT. Due to the skill of my surgeon and my radiation oncologist, the procedure was successful and easy to tolerate. I healed quickly and have had no problems for 6 years. My tissue in that breast feels soft and natural. I am delighted and highly recommend IORT if you are lucky enough to qualify.
My initial reaction to it all was just shock. I couldn’t believe that it was happening to me. I found out after my annual mammogram that something was amiss. Then after a biopsy, I got the call that I had early-stage breast cancer.
The most difficult part is knowing that you have breast cancer and out of nowhere. The other thing is telling my family, I lost my mom to cancer, not breast cancer. It’s just such a scary thought, just so scary, but once there was a plan, then it just made everything so much easier just to walk through the plan.
My options were radiotherapy six to eight weeks after I had healed from this surgery or to have IORT and that just seemed to me to make the most sense because I was being treated right away at the time of surgery, which seemed earth-shattering in a way that I could have IORT inside me right away.
There was no pain. There was nothing afterwards and it lessened my treatment, having to go every day for six to eight weeks.