Breast Care Team
The breast care team at Lutheran Hospital understands that breast cancer is both a physical and an emotional journey. The team provides a wide range of breast cancer services to support patients and families from diagnosis through post-treatment.
Rachael Hayes, MD*
As a fellowship-trained breast oncology surgeon, Dr. Hayes serves as the point person to evaluate and treat patients who have a benign or malignant breast disease. When patients are diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Hayes completes the surgical portion of disease management as well as coordinates treatment and testing for patients.
Christel Hayes, NP**
Christel Hayes, NP, works with the breast oncology team to provide comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for breast cancer patients. She serves patients who require follow-up visits or those who may have a problem and need immediate attention.
Breast Cancer Navigators
A breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Breast navigators work one-on-one with breast cancer patients at the Lutheran Cancer Center to help them navigate the confusing and frightening days, weeks and months that make up the breast cancer journey. They serve as the patient's personal advocate and guide her through the healthcare system each step of the way, from diagnosis to recovery and beyond.
The breast cancer navigators:
- Help patients and their families understand the diagnosis
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of various treatment options
- Assist with scheduling appointments with physicians and other specialists, as needed
- Coordinate care between physicians and the medical support team
- Help remove roadblocks that may hinder care
- Provide emotional support to patients and their loved ones
- Stay in constant communication with the patient's primary care physician, oncologist, radiologist and surgeon throughout the treatment process
- Connect patients with needed services, such as financial, home health, nutritional, physical therapy, spiritual and transportation
- Provide support after treatment and addresses survivorship issues
Laura Clark graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a bachelor's of science degree in nursing in 1997. After becoming a registered nurse, she spent 20 years serving patients in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in surgical breast oncology cases, intraoperative radiation therapy and breast lumpectomy studies.
Hollie Painter graduated from Palm Beach State College in West Palm Beach, Fla., with an associate degree in nursing in 1988. Painter, who has more than 30 years of nursing experience, has worked as a medical/surgical nurse and in plastic/cosmetic surgery and dermatology. She has been certified in Breast Navigation through the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. and has navigation experience with the Lutheran Hospital Cancer Resource Center since 2015.
*Member of the medical staff of Lutheran Hospital.
**Member of the Allied Health Staff of Lutheran Hospital.