I had the best radiation treatment

Yvonne Kistan shares why she believes she had the best radiation treatment at Busamed Hillcrest Oncology Centre during her breast cancer journey.

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Yvonne Kistan, a dedicated nurse, found herself facing a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis in November of 2023. Despite the initial uncertainty surrounding a fluctuating lump in her breast, Yvonne took proactive steps by promptly scheduling a mammogram upon her GP’s recommendation. 

This decision proved pivotal as the mammogram detected a suspicious lump, leading to further investigation and a subsequent biopsy, which confirmed the presence of a cancerous tumour. 

Choosing a treatment path

Following her diagnosis, Yvonne embarked on a comprehensive treatment journey, starting with surgery to remove the 1.4mm tumour in January. Opting for radiation therapy over chemotherapy, she researched her options and chose Busamed Hillcrest Oncology Centre for its cutting-edge technology and renowned expertise. 

At Busamed Hillcrest, Yvonne found reassurance in the advanced techniques and personalised care provided by the dedicated staff. The centre’s implementation of Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT), specifically AlignRT® InBore™, equipped with three cameras for precise positioning, instilled confidence in the accuracy of her treatment. 

Recognising the importance of safeguarding her heart during radiation, Yvonne embraced the Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) technique recommended by Busamed Hillcrest. 

By controlling her breath, she minimised radiation exposure to her heart, thereby reducing potential side effects.  

Moreover, Yvonne appreciated the flexibility offered by Busamed Hillcrest, including the option for tattoo and mark-free treatment, catering to individual preferences and needs. Throughout her 30 radiation sessions, lasting 10 – 15 minutes each, Yvonne received unwavering support and guidance. 

Holistic patient care

Acknowledging the common side effects of radiation, such as skin irritation, Yvonne diligently followed the centre’s skincare recommendations, effectively managing any discomfort. 

Additionally, the complimentary transportation provided by Busamed Hillcrest eased the logistical challenges, demonstrating their commitment to holistic patient care. 

Reflecting on her journey, Yvonne emphasised the importance of routine screenings and mammograms for early detection, urging all women to prioritise their health. 

With gratitude, she credits the exceptional care she received at Busamed Hillcrest for her positive outcomes. “I had the best treatment, the staff at Busamed Hillcrest is like a family,” Yvonne says.

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