Breast Care

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Northern Light Mercy Breast Care's all-female surgical team leads our nationally accredited breast care center. With an integrated approach to breast health, they are dedicated to providing you the finest medical care as well as the emotional support you need.

We will see newly diagnosed breast cancer patients within two business days, and we’re conveniently located in the same building as our imaging services. We coordinate your care for any specialties you might need, and our nurse navigators are here to make it easier for you to understand any issues and know what to do next.

  • Evaluation of breast symptoms such as breast pain, nipple discharge, breast lump, and infection.

  • Multidisciplinary management of breast cancer, including coordination between practices such as medical oncology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, radiology, pathology, and lymphedema.

  • Genetic risk assessment for familial breast cancer.

  • High risk breast screening program.

  • Biweekly multidisciplinary breast conference to discuss current aspects to patient care with the entire care team.

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  • 3D digital mammography

  • Breast ultrasound

  • Breast MRI

  • Image-guided breast biopsy

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  • Lumpectomy

  • Partial mastectomy

  • Intraoperative ultrasound

  • Mastectomy with or without reconstruction

  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy

  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy

  • Axillary dissection

  • Accelerated partial breast irradiation catheter insertion

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“Dr. Hoekstra and her staff helped me navigate throughout my breast cancer experience. Their kindness and thoughtfulness will be something I will never forget. I can’t thank them enough.”  (Sarah G)


“I am almost speechless, you are better to me than family.  I can’t imagine having care anywhere else.  It was nothing compared to my experience elsewhere 15 yrs. ago.  I can’t imagine having anyone doing a better job.  I’m just eternally grateful you’ve gotten me through it.  Everyone, Dr. Hoekstra, Lindajean, Elizabeth, was so wonderful – you are my band of angels.  Consistently, everyone I’ve dealt with at Mercy has been like being surrounded by a band of angels.” (Tammy T)


“The professionalism, warmth, and welcome I received from the Breast Care Center on all levels lifted my spirits, steadied my nerves, and brought me to the higher sense of the education of what it means to have a cancer diagnosis. The kindness, patience, and respect for the patient is evident in everything they do and I am so grateful to be able to be here through my diagnosis and recovery.”  (Sabrina N)

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