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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.

Press Room

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

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

Prioritize your health: Breast cancer risk, treatment

Women's health experts discuss breast cancer, preventive measures, and advancements in personalized medicine and breast cancer treatment. Watch the webinar now.

January 10, 2022

8 FAQ about mammography screening for women of average risk

Are you of average risk for breast cancer? What exactly does that mean? Should you have a mammogram, and if so, how often? Here are answers to 8 common questions about this important screening.

Fadi Yahya, M.D. By Fadi Yahya October 20, 2021

11 tips for coping with a cancer diagnosis

If you've been diagnosed with cancer, knowing what to expect can lower your stress level. Use these 11 suggestions to learn more about your diagnosis, and improve resilience and coping skills.

September 16, 2021