Posted 6:36 PM 10/6/2011 : New breast cancer procedure gives patients hope
Jennifer Kronebusch was living life to the fullest. But in September she decided to make a decision that would change her life forever.
" I went and had my mammogram done and I knew it wasn't good cause the lady was like umm...you have to come back", said Jennifer Kronebusch
Jennifer, who had not had a mammogram in three years, was stunned by the news that she had breast cancer.
"You just get devastated. But, it was just one of those things where you just go, 'I got it. I will make the best of it'", said Jennifer Kronebusch.
And she did. Jennifer decided to try a new procedure called Radioactive Seed Localization. It places a radioactive seed about the size of a piece of rice into the breast; which allows doctors to remove the cancer in a more precise way. It ultimately saves the patient from having a mastectomy. Doctor Toni Green says the procedure is groundbreaking.
"This procedure allows us to identify that tissue and remove only what we need. Allowing better outcome which will allow the breast to appear more natural and more normal even after the surgery is done", said Dr. Toni Green with Penrose-St.Francis Cancer Center.
The procedure normally takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Most patients report little discomfort and many go home the same day.
Jennifer says she's glad she had the procedure.
"I want to see my boys get married. And, I want to see my grand children one day", said Jennifer Kronebusch.
And she has no regrets.
"I'm not mad at myself that I didn't go get that mammogram. I'm just thankful that this is the year my guardian angel was pushing me to go get it done", said Jennifer Kronebusch.
A guardian angel that may have saved her life.
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