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St. Luke's MSTI: Boise

For advanced, compassionate care for cancer and blood disorders, patients and their families have trusted St. Luke's MSTI for more than 40 years. Today we are a network of five cancer centers dedicated to state-of-the-art treatment close to home; patient-centered care and support; cutting-edge research; and community prevention, education, and early detection initiatives. 

Our main cancer center in Boise brings you medical and radiation oncology specialists, as well as fellowship trained cancer surgeons in areas such as thoracic, hepatobiliary, gynecologic, and urologic oncology. We’re also home to Idaho’s only pediatric cancer program and federally sponsored hemophilia center.

We’ll be with you and your family every step of the way during your cancer journey—treating cancer, easing symptoms and side effects, and strengthening you physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Providers

  • Medical Oncology

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Krishna C. Alluri, MD, is an oncologist/hematologist. He earned his medical degree from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He completed his hematology and oncology fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, where he served as chief fellow.

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Rafael Arteta-Bulos, MD is fellowship trained in oncology/hematology. He earned his medical degree in Lima, Peru, where he also earned his master’s degree in health policy. He completed his internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

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  • Biography

    Diane Bawcom, LCSW provides individual, couples, family, and group counseling services to adults, adolescents, and children coping with cancer. She has clinical experience and specializes in depression, anxiety, adjustment to chronic illness, grief, and loss.

    Diane earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Texas Tech University. She earned her master’s degree in social work from University of Texas at Arlington. Diane is a member of the Association of Oncology Social Work and American Psychosocial Oncology Society.  

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Dustin Bowman, PA-C, works in medical oncology/hematology. He earned his bachelor's degree in health science studies from Boise State University and his master's degree in physician assistant training from Yale University School of Medicine.

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  • Biography

    Lesa Breding, LCSW, OSW-C serves the behavioral health and practical needs of adult cancer patients, caregivers, and their families from time of diagnosis into post-treatment survivorship. She assesses and treats depression and anxiety; helps with adjustment to illness, grief, and loss; and assists with end-of-life planning. She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, relaxation training, guided imagery, and wellness coaching techniques.  

    Lesa enjoys working with the children of cancer patients to help them understand cancer treatment and increase communication about illness within the family. She also works to eliminate barriers to cancer care including transportation, housing, and finance concerns.

    Lesa earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work from Boise State University. She is a member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers.

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  • Radiation Oncology

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Linda L. Erlandson, RN, MSN, FNP works in medical oncology/hematology. She is nationally certified as a family practice nurse practitioner by the American Nursing Credentialing Center, and is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. She earned her master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
  • Nutritional Counseling for Cancer Patients

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Mallori Hooker, RN, MSN, NP-C, AOCNP works in medical oncology/hematology. She is nationally certified as an advanced oncology nurse practitioner from the Oncology Nursing Society, and is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma and her master's degree in nursing from Texas Woman's University.

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  • Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancers

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    Christina Ikard, MS, LCGC specializes in both pediatric and adult cancer genetics and also works with patients and families impacted by hemophilia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in psychology from New York University. She earned her master's degree in genetic counseling from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Christina is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

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  • Medical Oncology

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    William Kreisle, MD is the medical director of St. Luke's MSTI's Blood and Marrow Transplant program. Dr. Kreisle earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University.

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  • Radiation Oncology

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    Tonya Kuhn, MD completed her undergraduate studies in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Washington.

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  • Nutritional Counseling for Cancer Patients

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  • Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Cancers

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  • Nutritional Counseling for Cancer Patients

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  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology

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    Timothy Sawyer, MD served for several years as medical director of Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center. Dr. Sawyer serves as the CEO and founder of ImQuant, Inc., a company dedicated to creating technology that helps tailor cancer treatment and other medical therapies to individual patients. He has served as co-director for lung cancer research at the Mayo Clinic North Central Cancer Treatment Group, and as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He practiced radiation oncology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and served as assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences. Dr. Sawyer is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology.

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  • Radiation Oncology

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  • Radiation Oncology

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    Jennifer Suida, NP is a certified acute care nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She works with radiation oncology physicians, and has experience as a radiation and medical oncology nurse practitioner.

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  • Nutritional Counseling for Cancer Patients

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  • Mental Health

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    Nicole L. Thurston, MD specializes in oncology care and the unique behavioral health needs of cancer patients.

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Michele L. Winslow, RN, MSN, FNP works in medical oncology/hematology. She is nationally certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Colorado College and her master's degree in nursing from Seattle University.

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Norman Zuckerman, MD has special interest in anemias and genitourinary cancers. He continues to be passionate about oncology, especially as newer targeted therapies and symptom control medicines are prolonging life and improving quality of life for his patients. As the director of the Integrative Medicine program at St. Luke’s MSTI, Dr. Zuckerman considers all options – conventional and alternative – worthy of discussion.

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  • Medical Oncology

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    Dan Zuckerman, MD is the medical director of St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute. His special interests include gastrointestinal cancers and colorectal cancer.

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Procedures & Treatments

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  • Anal Cancer

    Anal cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the anus, which is the opening at the end of the rectum.

  • Bile Duct Cancer

    A rare disease in which cancer cells form in the ducts that are outside the liver.

  • Breast Cancer

    When abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both breasts. They can invade nearby tissues and form a malignant tumor.

  • Colon Cancer

    Abnormal cells in your colon or rectum can grow together and form polyps. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer.

  • Esophageal Cancer

    Cancer located in the hollow, muscular tube that moves food from the throat to the stomach.

  • Head and Neck Cancer

    Care for cancers of the sinuses, nasal and oral cavities, tongue, salivary glands, larynx, and pharynx.

  • Hemophilia

    A disorder caused by a shortage of certain clotting factors needed to help stop bleeding and prevent spontaneous bleeding.

  • Liver Cancer

    A disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the liver; the most common type in adults is hepatocellular carcinoma.

  • Anal Cancer

    Anal cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the anus, which is the opening at the end of the rectum.

  • Bile Duct Cancer

    A rare disease in which cancer cells form in the ducts that are outside the liver.

  • Breast Cancer

    When abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both breasts. They can invade nearby tissues and form a malignant tumor.

  • Colon Cancer

    Abnormal cells in your colon or rectum can grow together and form polyps. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer.

  • Esophageal Cancer

    Cancer located in the hollow, muscular tube that moves food from the throat to the stomach.

  • Head and Neck Cancer

    Care for cancers of the sinuses, nasal and oral cavities, tongue, salivary glands, larynx, and pharynx.

  • Hemophilia

    A disorder caused by a shortage of certain clotting factors needed to help stop bleeding and prevent spontaneous bleeding.

  • Liver Cancer

    A disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the liver; the most common type in adults is hepatocellular carcinoma.

  • Lung Cancer

    St. Luke's offers comprehensive care for lung cancer, its symptoms, and the side effects of treatment.

  • Pancreatic Cancer

    When abnormal cells grow and form tumors in the pancreas; a small organ deep in the belly, behind your stomach.

  • Prostate Cancer

    The abnormal growth of cells in a man's prostate gland.

  • Sarcoma

    Cancers found in connective tissue such as bone, cartilage, and muscle.

  • Stomach Cancer

    Also known as gastric cancer – a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lining of the stomach.

  • Von Willebrands Disease

    With this bleeding disorder, your blood takes longer to form clots, so you bleed for a longer time than other people.

Supportive Oncology

Treating cancer successfully goes beyond a focus on the disease itself.

At St. Luke's MSTI, we understand that attention to your overall well-being will help promote healing and improve your quality of life. Our supportive oncology team works together closely to help you:

  • Take a more active role in treatment and survivorship
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Manage treatment side effects and symptoms (including pain, nausea, and insomnia)
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Provide a sense of overall well-being

Commission on Cancer Accreditation

Commission on Cancer

Care From a CoC-Accredited Program

St. Luke's holds Commission on Cancer (CoC) cancer program accreditations at both St. Luke's Magic Valley and St. Luke's Treasure Valley. Accreditation by the CoC, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, demonstrates a cancer program's commitment to providing high-quality, multidisciplinary, patient-centered cancer care. Thirty-four CoC-developed standards set the framework for a cancer program to provide the full scope of cancer care services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and support all cancer patients.

Clinical Trials at St. Luke's MSTI

Access to Cancer Research

Through our participation in regional and national clinical research studies, St. Luke’s MSTI is able to bring trial opportunities to our adult and pediatric patients that are on the leading edge of cancer care. You may participate in many of the same clinical trials as patients at the most-respected cancer centers in the world, including Mayo Clinic and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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