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Breast Cancer

What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both breasts. They can invade nearby tissues and form a mass, called a malignant tumor. The cancer cells can spread (metastasize) to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body.
Breast cancer that begins in the ducts of the breast is called ductal carcinoma. It is the most common type of breast cancer.


Breast Cancer Care at St. Luke’s MSTI
When it comes to your breast health, you want a team of skilled, insightful caregivers on your side—focusing their energy just on you. At St. Luke’s MSTI, we offer the leading local expertise for treating breast cancer, easing symptoms and side effects, and strengthening you physically, mentally, and emotionally. You’ll have access to national clinical trials and our breast cancer nurse navigators will guide you and your family as you enter treatment, making sure you receive the resources and support you need.

Highlights & Resources

  • Blog Post

    Volunteers and Auxiliary Support St. Luke’s Magic Valley Patients

  • Blog Post

    St. Luke’s Board-Certified Breast Surgeon Excels at the Human Element of Care

  • Article

    Breast Cancer Survivor Stories

    Stories of hope and survival from former patients at St. Luke's MSTI.

  • Article

    Breast Cancer Risk: Should I Have a BRCA Gene Test?

Specialties

Procedures & Treatments

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

Classes & Events

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    Learn what to expect as you begin your chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment.

  • Moving On, Life After Breast Cancer: Boise

    Health Management Classes
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    Free, Registration Required

    Join us to receive information and support for healthy survivorship. We’ll discuss nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, medical challenges, and more.

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    Free, Registration Required

    Join us to receive information and support for healthy survivorship. We’ll discuss nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, medical challenges, and more.

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    Free, Registration Required

    Join us to receive information and support for healthy survivorship. We’ll discuss nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, medical challenges, and more.

Support Groups

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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.

Give a Gift to Support 3-D Mammography

Your gift could save a life!

Every day women across Idaho and eastern Oregon are diagnosed with breast cancer. They, and all the women we serve, deserve the best and most proven technology to find breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. Help us expand 3-D mammography capability to all our screening sites.