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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S. It can occur in men and women, but it's far more common in women.


Support Groups
Mankato, MN In Person
This support group is for those in the Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague area. The group offers compassionate, cancer-related education and support. Share your experiences and learn about coping with the challenges of cancer. Caregivers are welcome to attend. Masks are required for all attendees.
Support Groups
Bloomer, WI In Person

This support group provides an opportunity for breast cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and family members to come together to gain information, share experiences and receive support from each other. The group does not meeting June–August.

Registration is not required. Call the Oncology Department at 715-838-6072 for more information.

Support Groups
Eau Claire, WI In Person

This group is designed for young adults — ages 18-45 — diagnosed with cancer and their significant others. A cancer diagnosis affects many important parts of life, including relationships, careers, finances, children and body image. Sharing thoughts and feelings, especially with other young adults with cancer, can be very helpful. Meetings are open to young adults affected by cancer regardless of treatment location.

Call the Oncology department at 715-838-6072 with questions or for more information. No registration is required. 

Press Room

$9 million investment to expand, renovate New Prague cancer center

Plans include creating additional capacity for patients, modernizing the facility, and improving efficiency by bringing the cancer and infusion therapy practices together into a combined location.&...

December 21, 2023
Construction on breast clinic in Mankato begins

The $4.7 million investment will create a singular space for breast cancer patients to receive same-day access to all the experts they need during their post-diagnosis visit.

April 17, 2023

Hometown Health Blog

Reshaping your future: Exploring reconstruction options after breast cancer

Women with breast cancer may face a future with a drastically different silhouette. Learn about common reconstruction techniques to discuss with your healthcare team.

Matthew Sherrill MD By Matthew Sherrill October 30, 2023

Beyond the basics: Exploring advanced breast cancer screening options

Mammograms have been saving lives since the 1970s but aren't the only breast cancer screening option. Learn about newer advanced technologies and which option may be best for you.

Cameron Leitch, M.D. By Cameron Leitch October 17, 2023

When is a lump is more than a lump?

Finding a change or lump in your breast is not a reason to panic. Most breast changes aren't cancer. Get answers to common lump questions, and learn when to talk with your healthcare team.

Bongi Rudder, M.B.B.S. By Bongi Rudder October 10, 2023

Goldilocks surgery: Finding the perfect balance in breast cancer reconstruction

Kathleen Stewart wasn't surprised at her breast cancer diagnosis, but she was surprised to learn about the Goldilocks reconstruction option. Here's how it can help women in similar situations.

September 1, 2023

Medications to lower breast cancer risk

Estrogen is thought to act as a fuel for breast cancer cells. Two types of prevention medications block estrogen to reduce breast cancer risk. Learn about the differences and who may benefit.

Caroline Clune, M.D. By Caroline Clune August 10, 2023

Using cold cap to prevent hair loss during cancer

Hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy, and can contribute to stress and anxiety. However, scalp cooling therapy helps many patients keep most of their hair.

Amrit Singh MD By Amrit Singh April 11, 2023

Stopping chronic lymphedema in its tracks

Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer. A new surveillance program lowers this risk by painlessly tracking tiny changes in a person's lymph system.

Joy Macheel, P.T., D.P.T., CWS By Joy Macheel March 6, 2023

Not all lumps are breast cancer: Benign breast disease

Changes to your breast can cause worry. The good news? Not all changes are due to breast cancer. Learn about a few types of benign breast disease and which types increase the risk of breast cancer.

Caroline Clune, M.D. By Caroline Clune March 1, 2023

Excuses for not getting a mammogram

Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection. Don't let these seven common excuses make you miss this important screening.

Mariah Koenen PA By Mariah Koenen October 26, 2022

Short journey for quicker breast cancer care

Time is of the essence with breast cancer, and Gail Raddatz didn’t want to wait. This avid traveler had no issue with a journey across town to get the care she needed right away.

October 18, 2022

Chip technology marks the spot for breast biopsies

RFID isn’t just for inventory tracking anymore. Learn how It’s now used in the operating room to guide breast biopsies, and benefits the surgeon and patient.

James Bisanti MD By James Bisanti October 13, 2022

Emotional recovery after cancer treatment

Cancer can affect the way you feel, think and act. Learn common emotions felt by cancer survivors, and gather tips for emotional recovery.

Mariah Koenen PA By Mariah Koenen April 26, 2022