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Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction

St. Luke’s MSTI works in close collaboration with the leading breast surgeons in the region—a group of highly skilled physicians with expertise in the latest, most effective breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction procedures. These surgeons:

  • Collectively perform more than 500 breast surgeries each year.
  • Meet regularly with our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists to discuss the best approaches for individual and complex cases.
  • Collaborate closely with St. Luke’s MSTI oncologists and your primary care doctor.
  • Tailor treatment to your unique needs.
  • Are available for prompt surgical consultation upon diagnosis.
  • Consult with women at high risk for breast cancer, helping them manage their screening and long-term breast health through St. Luke’s High Risk Breast Clinic.

Cancer Removal Surgery

Most people diagnosed with breast cancer have surgery to remove the cancer. You may have breast-conserving surgery or surgery to remove the entire breast. Some of the lymph nodes under the arm may also be removed to check for cancer cells. The kind of surgery you have may depend on the size and location of your cancer and your personal preferences. Our team will partner with you to review your options for removing the cancer and for breast reconstruction, if applicable.

Breast Cancer Reconstruction Surgery

St. Luke's is proud to offer leading-edge procedures for breast reconstruction surgery. During your consultation, we'll discuss available options, including using implants or your own tissue through fat grafting, abdominal free flap, free flap from thigh, or latissimus flap procedures. When appropriate based on your unique circumstances, cancer removal and breast reconstruction surgery may also be completed in one day as part of the same surgery.

If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer and would like to see a St. Luke's breast surgeon, our nurse navigators can help coordinate a referral.
Please call (208) 463-6078.

Highlights & Resources

Providers

  • Plastic Surgery

    Biography

    Susan J. Hegstad, MD trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery. She has professional interest in surgery of the breast and body, functional medicine and the study of systems biology in health and disease, and nutrigenomics. She is a founding member of the reconstructive breast surgery team at St. Luke's.

    Dr. Hegstad has served the Treasure Valley for many years, bringing her compassionate care and surgical expertise to patients throughout the region. She is excited to help bring a full range of breast services to St. Luke's patients.

    Prior to her medical education, Dr. Hegstad earned her bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Centre College, graduating magna cum laude.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • General Surgery

    Biography

    Scott A. Henson, MD, FACS specializes in breast cancer surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and hernia repair. 

    Dr. Henson earned his bachelor's degree in pre-medicine from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also completed his general surgical residency and internship. Dr. Henson is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Idaho Medical Association, Ada County Medical Society, and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

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    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • General Surgery

    Biography

    Elizabeth R. Livingston, MD is a board certified general surgeon with a special interest in breast disease. She developed an interest in surgical management of breast diseases in medical school and residency, where she worked at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Livingston is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • General Surgery

    Biography

    Rhiana S. Menen, MD is a clinical and academic surgeon with experience and training in general and laparoscopic surgery. She also completed fellowship training in breast surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Menen has particular interest in cancer care, women's health, and cancer prevention. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. 

    Dr. Menen is also interested in international and medically underserved populations, and has done medical outreach trips to India and Kenya. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Plastic Surgery

    Biography

    Dinu Mistry, MD is a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon specializing in breast surgery. In her work at St. Luke's, she focuses on both implant-based and soft-tissue (flap) reconstruction for breast cancer patients. In her private practice, Dr. Mistry performs all types of reconstructive and cosmetic breast procedures, as well as abdominoplasties and body contouring. She has also become a regional resource for patients who require complex revisions of previous breast surgeries. 

    After medical school at Washington University, Dr. Mistry completed two residencies, in general surgery and plastic surgery, at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She then practiced with the MacGregor Medical Association, a large multispecialty group, prior to relocating to Boise. At MacGregor, she served as chairman of the department of surgery and as a member of their board of directors. Dr. Mistry completed her fellowship training in cancer reconstruction at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

    Dr. Mistry is a Fulbright Scholar and has a degree in Germanic languages and literature from the University of Illinois.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
    • St. Luke's Health Partner
      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

Reconstructive Breast Surgery

Expert Surgeons Offer Array of Options

St. Luke's is proud to offer leading-edge procedures for breast reconstruction surgery. During your consultation, we'll discuss available options, including using implants or your own tissue through fat grafting, abdominal free flap, free flap from thigh, or latissimus flap procedures. When appropriate based on your unique circumstances, cancer removal and breast reconstruction surgery may also be completed in one day as part of the same surgery.

  • What is a Nurse Navigator?

    A cancer diagnosis brings a lot of new information and emotions. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what comes next and who can help. Our breast cancer navigators are registered nurses with years of experience in cancer care. They will provide guidance as you move through your cancer journey and will be your point of contact for questions.  

    The Role of Nurse Navigators 

    • Review and explain processes and information
    • Help coordinate appointments and try to assist with any barriers you may experience
    • Provide support to you and your family
    • Provide resources and referrals to various programs and support, as needed
  • 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. When breast cancer begins in the lobes of the breast, it is called lobular carcinoma. Sometimes breast cancer is a mix of both types.