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Topic: Savi radiation treatment

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During, and After —

What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2016 01:53AM - edited Mar 24, 2016 01:53AM by Sweetpea5741

Sweetpea5741 wrote:

Hi,

I just completed the 5 days of radiation treatments 2x per day within a 7 day period. The whole process was very painful and exhausting. The removal yesterday was very painful. Today I am exhausted and my breast is swollen and very sore. Is this normal?What is the time period before things start to get better?

Thanks for any information.


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Jan 15, 2019 10:45AM Irishgirl711 wrote:

Hello everyone,

I hope you all are doing well and that this year will be happier and healthier for all!

I did get to visit my daughter in Tampa, and spent a wonderful week there. I was still healing and doing wound dressing, but miraculously, by the time I returned home my wounds were finally closing up!

I begin radiation therapy today. Not looking forward to more abuse of my newly healed breast, but it had been put off for so long and the RO did not want to wait any longer, for fear of any errant cells growing.

patK and PatsyKB what’s up

Dx 6/19/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/27/2017 Multi-catheter: Breast Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Jan 15, 2019 08:09PM ceanna wrote:

Irishgirl, good to hear from you and that your wound is healing. I hope rads went well today and do not hamper any healing. Let us know how you're doing in rads.

How are the rest of you ladies doing?

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Jan 20, 2019 02:45PM Jkh1953 wrote:

hi all had SAVI put in. Had 2 days 4 treatments. Then told to massage SAVI over weekend. Anyone know anything about that? I do have a lot of fluid.

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Jan 20, 2019 07:13PM ceanna wrote:

Glad to have you here Jkh, but sorry for the reason for the treatment. You're almost half done!!! The massage is to keep the fluid from building up and allow for drainage. Hope it is going well for you over the weekend. Always a little more stressful when you don't have the daily contact with the nurses who dress the wound each day. Ask away if you have more questions, and please let us know how the rest of the treatment days are going. All the best, Ceanna

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Jan 23, 2019 10:44AM Jkh1953 wrote:

hi thanks for your comment and great answer. I was able to sleep that night. The massaging did work. Still leaking like a waterfall. Today is my last day. The savi will be pulled out. Fingers crossed.

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Jan 23, 2019 06:55PM Jkh1953 wrote:

hi all — Savi out after 10 doses of rad 5 days with a weekend in between. Was not awful. Onto inhibitor Letrozole. Good luck to all

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Jan 23, 2019 07:48PM ceanna wrote:

jkh, so glad to hear your updates and that the SAVI is out and you did well!!! All the best for quick healing of the wound. Mine took a few weeks to seal and heal, but now just a faint scar. Glad you could be done with rads in 5 days. Keep us posted. Gentle hugs!!! Ceanna

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Jan 26, 2019 10:03AM mdpitts wrote:

Hi Everyone, I found the site around 2:30am this past Wednesday as I lay awake worrying about my SAVI implant scheduled for Thursday. I’m wondering how you all have coped with the device poking out, do you feel like it is secure and how to care for it so you don’t have complications. I’ve had a really rough time with ALL of my nurses/doctors not supplying helpful information. I wasn’t told to massage it. I’m wondering if it is staying in place ok - when I peek under the gauze it seems like more of it is poking out. It was implanted Thursday and treatment starts Monday. I’m pretty uncomfortable. And, it points out directly in front of me. Wearing a shirt is pretty hard to do. A co-worker donated button up shirts from her husband so I just stop buttoning under my breasts. I’m single, supposed to be working and really bummed out.

How did you all cope with wearing clothes and being out in public?

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Jan 26, 2019 07:31PM - edited Jan 26, 2019 08:28PM by ceanna

mdpitts, welcome to this thread but sorry for the reason you're here! I'm not real sure about what to do if it is sticking straight out in front of you, but it sounds like it is under gauze so secure. Mine went in on my arm side and so the wires could be tucked into the breast binder I wore. I've posted pics of the binder before but I'll do again since you're new. I got one from my breast center after surgery and bought another through them (Amazon also has) so I could wash one, wear one since I continued to wear it until my wound healed over in several weeks--I am a DD cup and it worked well. I could wear it instead of a bra and wore it under a tank top and fleece jacket. Don't think anyone could see I had the SAVI in. Don't know what you can wear to work, but maybe that would work for you. You just need to be cautious that you don't bump into anything with the device in.

If your treatment is like mine, you will have to have CT scans before each treatment to check on the placement of the device to ensure the rads go where they should. It goes fast, as does the actual rads, so each twice-a-day treatment will go fast. I'm disappointed the nurses weren't more informative for you--keep asking them, or ask here.

I hope you got advice from your care takers so you know what to do to care for yourself over this weekend. You'll need to change the dressing over the weekend, but the nurses will do after each treatment. If not, send me a private message (option on blue tool bar on left screen top) and I'll try to answer any questions you have.

The massaging is helpful if you are building up fluid. If not, and I did not, you don't have to worry about it--the wound will drain itself if the wound remains open until the device is removed.

If you're not on preventive antibiotics, please ask your doctors Monday. Just a precaution, not a requirement. You need to keep the wound dry, but, believe me, you'll really love that first shower you are allowed to take after the device is out. Meanwhile, I carefully used a handheld shower on my lower half, and large wipes for armpits, etc. Just be careful. I accidentally pulled out one of the wire plugs (not a problem).

I hope all goes well for your rads next week. Just think, if you have 5 consecutive treatment days, by this time next week, you'll be done!! Please ask away if you have questions or problems. All the best, Ceanna

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Jan 28, 2019 10:14PM mdpitts wrote:

Thank you for the reply and all the great information you provided. I had my first radiation session today. All went well. I was really worried that my SAVI device had shifted downwards after the weekend but it wasn’t too bad when they scanned it. The first session took 3 hours with all the measurements etc. and the afternoon was an hour. I’m relieved that I’ve only got 4 days left now.

Here’s a hair washing tip - if any of you have an inversion table (Teeter is one brand) position your head over the sink and have a friend wash your hair. No muss - no fuss


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Jan 28, 2019 10:36PM ceanna wrote:

mdpitts, glad your first rads went well and hope that you continue to have a good week. Yes, washing hair is an issue. I used my handheld shower head and could lean in enough to wash over the tub. Hope you have some clothes figured out, but sorry you have to work during the treatments. Congrats on being 20% done!!! Please let us know how you're doing this week.

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Feb 4, 2019 11:35PM ceanna wrote:

mdpitts, wondering how it went and are you finished with rads? Update us when you can. Hope you're healing well and enjoyed that first shower after SAVI removal!! Take care. Ceanna

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Feb 6, 2019 07:07PM Sunroomyellow18 wrote:

Hello fellow SAVI sisters! I had my lumpectomy 1/28/19 with lymph node removal, thought not bad, I can do this. I then had my SAVI put in the following week with starting radiation 2/4/19. I thought it was really painful, used pain meds for two days. I dont know if anyone else gets nausea after treatment, but I do, maybe an hour later, and I need to take phenergan. I keep telling myself only 2 more days (4 treatments).

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Feb 7, 2019 08:41PM ceanna wrote:

sunroomyellow, welcome to this thread, but sorry for your need to be here! Hope your treatment today went well and now you're down to one day left!! Sorry you are having problems with pain. I had more an uncomfortable feeling but everyone's pain is different and depending on those lovely nerve endings!! I was not nauseous, but again, everyone is different. I hope your device removal goes well and your wound healing fast and pain free. I'm sure you're looking forward to getting in the shower again!!! The favorite thing for those of us who went through SAVI!!! Please let us know how you're doing and if you have any questions or problems. Gentle hugs, Ceanna

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Mar 30, 2019 09:23AM Karmic108 wrote:

I had a five day rads - twice a day.

Except few times I didn't feel the vibration in my cavity. I am wondering if the seed really went into the cavity the other times when I didn't hear the vibration.

Last treatment the doc fixed the key himself to the rad and I was able to hear clearly the vibration sound.

Dx 12/31/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/1/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 3/25/2019 Multi-catheter: Breast
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Mar 30, 2019 01:10PM ceanna wrote:

Karmic, sorry, it's been a few years and I can't say I remember a vibration. I just vaguely remember the clicking noises as the seed went thru the tubes, but I can't tell you if even that was all the time. It's a question only the radiologist could answer. I'm glad you're done and hope you heal quickly from the device wound. I'm sure you enjoyed that first shower after its removal!! All the best, Ceanna

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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Mar 30, 2019 05:41PM - edited Apr 1, 2019 11:19AM by Irishgirl711

sometimes, I felt a vibration, but not others. But, I was told that the doctor and staff observe every procedure and watch the seed go through each catheter. One time, one of my catheters was kinked a little and an alarm went off, sending them in to check each line and reset the machine. I would suspect that the procedure is well monitored. I would discuss this with the RO to ease your mind though.

Congrats on the end of your treatment! Rest and heal. You will feel some swelling and discomfort for awhile, so don't overdo anything.

Dx 6/19/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/27/2017 Multi-catheter: Breast Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Mar 31, 2019 05:07PM - edited Mar 31, 2019 05:12PM by PatsyKB

Karmic108 - saw your message in my inbox and also your questions here; I felt a tiny vibration sometimes; not in each catheter. Not so much a vibration as a light "bump." Not sure how to describe it. I have a feeling that one's sensations of the SAVI process might depend upon where in the breast tissue the device is placed. I wouldn't worry if I were you but DEFINITELY discuss with your RO or whoever your primary doctor is in order to put your mind at rest. Customarily, the radiation oncology staff, the doctor and the physicist (or some combination thereof) are watching and monitoring carefully.


“Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything) That's how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen Dx 4/10/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 5/7/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/23/2018 Multi-catheter: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/12/2018 Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Mar 31, 2019 05:13PM PatsyKB wrote:

Late reply to your "what's up" Irishgirl711 - all's well. Creeping up on 1 year since surgery (May 7). Latest screenings clear. Fingers crossed this will continue. Day by day.

Hope you're hanging in there too.

Onward!

“Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything) That's how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen Dx 4/10/2018, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 5/7/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/23/2018 Multi-catheter: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/12/2018 Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Apr 1, 2019 11:26AM Irishgirl711 wrote:

Finished six week radiation treatment post second lumpectomy/reconstruction on February 28th. I developed “radiation rash”, but that was expected. I am healing well, but have discomfort from a “biozorb” device inserted in the tumor cavity to mark radiation site and also to give “structure” to the breast. Reminiscent of the SAVI device, but smaller. They say it will be reabsorbed within a year or so.

Otherwise, all is well. Just waiting for the complete heal and Summer! I have had it with treatment and doctor visits.

Glad you are well, PatsyKB. You are right. One day at a time.

Dx 6/19/2017, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 8/27/2017 Multi-catheter: Breast Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Apr 29, 2019 02:49PM Teddycake wrote:

Hi All.

Let us help future women who might get this device put in their bodies without proper discussions pre-surgery or at least force the maker to address the problems with their device. My radiation oncologist said the device made no difference to him and he thought it was unnecessary for his treatment for me. Again I am so happy that it was removed. I would rather lose my nice looking breast than have pain! Although, now I look tough with my surgery breast...so don't mess with us cancer survivors! Thanks to my surgeon, I am feeling so much better

FDA info:

Best to email questions on medical devices than to call DICE@fda.hhs.gov

Complaint forms are online but I am not allowed to post the link. So go to their website, search "forms for reporting to FDA". Then I believe the correct form for us is "FDA Form 3500B".

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May 14, 2019 10:55PM Phoeboo wrote:

Hi, I really appreciated your post. I found it very helpful. I had my lumpectomy which included removing some lymph nodes last Wednesday and although I'm a bit sore, I am quite surprised at how comfortable I am. My good news is all margins were clear as were the lymph nodes. I will be having my radiation device implanted a week from Thursday and treatment the following week. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is very comforting to know what to expect.

Dx 4/19/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter: Breast
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May 15, 2019 09:57PM ceanna wrote:

Phoeboo, welcome. Sounds like you are doing well after LX. If you have any questions about SAVI radiation or just need to talk, please feel free to post here or Private Message me. All the best. Ceanna

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right
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May 16, 2019 05:05AM - edited May 16, 2019 05:30AM by Dxlsoleil

I am four years out from APBI, I had the catheter placed on a Thursday, and started therapy on Monday, two times a day for five days. For me the worst part was that weekend in between. I wasn't in a lot of pain, but it was uncomfortable, sleeping sittting up was hard, and it kind of weirded me out to have that sticking out of my body. What I hated was having to clean the insertion point (at armpit) at home, alone over the weekend, twice daily. I was so afraid of getting an infection. I am lucky that my job allows me to work from home. Even sit baths get old after a week!

A week after treatment I developed radiation burns. I had not been warned about that, and was on vacation in New Orleans, in July, not a place to be when you have radiation blisters (it was about 95 degrees every day! Sweating and blisters are not comfortable). On this same trip I developed Mondors Cord from just below the areola, down the breast to about three inches below, something else I had never heard of. I don't know if this was the result of the lumpectomy or the radiation. Again, not painful, but uncomfortable. It AUDIBLY snapped about a week or so later, which provided a lot of relief.

The one thing that no one told me about, but, several doctors have told me since is a “known side effect" of brachytherapy radiation, is the fibrosis and necrotic tissue I developed where the catheter was. I noticed a very hard lump about three years out, and it was visible (only nude) and somewhat painful four years out - this increased visibility could have been due to recent weight loss. BS suggested massage, which was painful (so probably didn’t do as much as I should) then PT, which could also be painful (why is it easier to have someone else inflict the pain?). It would start to dissipate only to return the next day.

I was surprised that with all my research, multiple appointments with BS, RO, etc, (they were very patient with me), and various second opinions, this never came up.

I am now one week out from having reconstruction on the left breast, removed the fibrosis and necrotic tissue, redistributed the remaining tissue (not much, with the weight loss, I was down to an A cup), and had silicone implants placed to even things out. I understand it is risky to work on radiated tissue, my BS recommended a PS with experience with this, and she felt that I am a good candidate.

I had my first follow up two days post surgery, and didn't really spend a lot of time with PS, and it was first day without pain killers, so I may still have been a bit scattered. I hope she books a lot of time for my follow up in five days as I have a lot of questions after reading other stories. But, so far, everything is going great, wearing the surgical bra at night, and a sturdy, UNDERWIRE, sports bra by day. PS said I should do this to help the left pocket - one of myriad of questions I have for her, as I everything I've read strongly suggests not to use underwire. Which makes sense, since it is rubbing on the incision.

If you are considering any brachytherapy radiation, ask about the risk of developing fibrosis and necrotic tissue

I should add that the dermal fibrosis and fat necrosis that was removed all tested benign!

Good luck everyone


Dx 4/24/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/10/2015 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 7/6/2015 Multi-catheter: Breast Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 19, 2019 12:09AM Phoeboo wrote:

I have read through most all the postings and I am so grateful for all that you all have shared. I have my first visit with the RO this coming Wednesday. Since I am a good candidate for brachytherapy I am already scheduled to have the device implanted the following day. I will start treatment the day after Labor Day. We will be staying in a hotel with a full kitchen for the course of treatment to be near where it is done. I expect to be uncomfortable and can see from reading different posts that it is different for everyone. Since we live a good distance from the place where therapy will take place, my husband and I will be staying at a hotel with a full kitchen nearby the RO office. I would appreciate any suggestions you all may have that will help me get through more comfortably. I plan on preparing main meals ahead and freezing them. Thought of things like protein smoothies and such, but not even sure what to expect as far as appetite goes. My head just swims thinking about the whole thing. Looking forward to putting it behind me and moving on to the healing process.

Dx 4/19/2019, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter: Breast
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May 19, 2019 04:47PM - edited May 19, 2019 05:05PM by ceanna

Phoeboo, glad you've read the many postings about our experiences and hope you found them helpful. Everyone is different as far as how they feel, and their experience with SAVI. I was uncomfortable, but able to do most everything except lift anything heavy--let your DH handle the luggage!! One of the hardest things is not taking a shower, so with you staying in a hotel, you might want to consider checking if they have a handheld shower, any nearby hair salons for getting your hair washed, and also, possibly, figuring out the most comfortable position to sleep. You might want to get some bigger wet wipes for body washing if you can't figure out a way to keep the wound area totally dry at all times. I was able to lay down, but I've heard of some who use a bed pillow to prop themselves more upright. If your breast center has a nurse navigator, you can also check with them about suggestions for dealing with being in a hotel.

Preparing meals ahead is a great idea, and also ensures you have something you like if you don't feel well enough to go out to eat. I felt pretty good and was able to drive, and didn't have any problems eating out, or preparing my own food, but since you're not home, it's great you're planning ahead. Just eat healthy, and no junk food, even when that might seem like the easiest. If you're like me, they'll put you on an antibiotic while you have the device in, to prevent infection. Keep that in mind if you have a problem with antibiotics, but I always find having plain yogurt, non-sugary, helpful for the digestive system.

Take along a good book, or three, or your favorite hobby/craft, or a puzzle, but don't think you have to stay indoors or just sit. If possible, walk, sit in a park, and enjoy sunshine if you have good weather where you're staying. While not a vacation, it is good to treat yourself to a time to relax. I can't say I felt more fatigue, but I made sure I got enough sleep, which may be harder in a hotel! Throw in a movie, a pedicure, and other non-strenuous activities, and it will help take your mind off the rads. If you're like me, you will have twice-a-day treatment with hours in-between to do something special. Just keep some hand sanitizer handy--you do not want to get sick in the middle of treatment!! You might want to consider taking along a little pillow to pad yourself from the car seatbelt if you take a drive, or for on your long drive home.

The rads, themselves, go fast--it's the CT scan before and setup that take a little time. Do ask the nurses to make sure you're in a comfortable position. I asked for extra pillows for my arms so they would not go numb in the positions they wanted me in even when that only lasted a few minutes.

Since it sounds like you will have an extra day over the Memorial Day weekend with the device in, it's important you talk with the nurses who will pack your wound after the device is implanted, and ask them very specifically how to care for the wound over the long holiday weekend. You will need to clean the wound and redress it daily over the weekend--they will do that on the days you have treatment. Have a backup plan with hubby if dealing with a wound bothers you. I had a little incident when one of the plastic tube caps came off over my weekend, and I hadn't asked about that (learned it was not a problem, but it worried me a little until I knew!). I check these BCO threads most days, so ask away here, or in a private message, if you have more questions as you go, but your best bet is to have the Breast Center phone numbers for specific holiday weekend questions!! Not always easy to get medical personnel on a holiday!!

All the best as you have the implant and get started. Before you know it, you'll be done!! Please keep us posted and I'd be glad to answer any other questions. Extra gentle hugs!!! Ceanna

Dx 2014, IDC, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Multi-catheter Surgery Lumpectomy: Right

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