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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. There are two main types of breast cancer:

  • Ductal carcinoma starts in the breast duct that moves milk from the breast to the nipple.
  • Lobular carcinoma starts in the lobule of the breast, which produces milk.

Learn more about breast cancer from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Patient Guidelines on Breast Cancer by stage:

The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center staff and patient services are centered around treating the whole person – during and after treatment. You can expect the right treatment faster from a team of specialists, all working together to provide a unified care plan with the best treatment options available. 

Buelow, RN, BSN, CBCN

Your Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator

Sallie Buelow, RN, BSN, CBCN, is the nurse navigator for breast cancer patients and families. Find out how she can help you.

Breast Cancer Resources

Treatment Options

When you are ready to begin treatment, you'll receive the latest, most effective cancer technologies that Hall-Perrine physicians use to help fight each patient's unique battle with cancer. As part of a comprehensive approach, your physician may suggest one or a combination of treatment options.

MammoSite High-Dose Rate (HDR) Radiation Therapy may be an option for some breast cancer patients. It works from inside the breast, directly targeting the area where cancer is most likely to recur. A radiation seed is delivered via a MammoSite balloon catheter as directed by the treatment plan. After each treatment, the seed is removed. No radiation remains in the breast in between treatments.

MammoSite spares healthy tissue and organs from the effects of radiation and allows treatment to be completed in just 5 days instead of 5-7 weeks. To learn more, listen to MammoSite patient Pauline Mason in the video below or read her Courageous Story. Or, learn check into other breast cancer treatment options at Hall-Perrine.

Genetics & Cancer

Certain cancers such as breast are more likely to run in families, and we can test for those genetic links. Knowing your cancer risk factors, including genetics, can make an astounding difference in your future health.

Not all cancers are hereditary, but we encourage you to learn more about genetics if cancer runs in your family.

Rehabilitation Services

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center offers a full range of rehabilitation and support services for cancer patients, including breast therapy for Lymphedema (swelling of the arm) and webcording (tightening of the arm), both common side effects for patients who have undergone breast mastectomy or lumpectomy procedures. ReNew Image Center offers a full line of post-mastectomy products as well wigs, scarves and other self-image products.

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Worried about the cost?

If the inability to pay prevents you or someone you know from seeking breast-care services, the Especially for You® Fund may be lifesaving. The EFY Fund covers the cost of breast-care services for individuals in need in our community.

Courageous Stories

Suzanne Staab

Suzanne's Story

In keeping with tradition at Hall-Perrine, Suzanne Staab – with family, friends and Mercy staff by her side – rings a bell to signify the end of her cancer treatment. Watch her story.

To discuss treatments call (319) 365-HOPE (4673)