Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Use the Good Lip Balm

Posted September 21st, 2017

A few months ago a family member was diagnosed with incurable, but treatable cancer. She was hospitalized when she was diagnosed and stayed in the hospital while starting her treatment. Every imaging test she had showed more metastasis, and the bad news didn’t seem to end for about 5 days straight. It was very challenging […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Are you breaking up with me?

Posted August 1st, 2017

While receiving cancer treatment as an outpatient, you are often spending much of your time at appointments, getting tests and scans and receiving  treatment. You will be spending your days with physicians (medical specialists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, etc), physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, assistants, techs, social workers, counselors, and the list can go on and […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Taking Control of Your Cancer Experience

Posted June 7th, 2017

In many cases, patients feel some loss of control when diagnosed with cancer. Cancer can very quickly consume your life. You may have to stop working to get treatment, you may have to avoid social situations if you are neutropenic, you might not be able to eat the foods you like because of nausea. Cancer […]

April is Occupational Therapy Month

Posted April 28th, 2017

The treatments for cancer and cancer itself can lead to a number of side effects. Cancer and these side effects can make every day life more challenging than it was before. Fatigue can make it hard to make yourself a meal, eat it and clean up all at once. Peripheral neuropathy can make it challenging […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

What Did You Say?

Posted March 16th, 2017

Have you ever listened to someone speak about a topic and thought “Wow I have no idea what they are talking about.”? People who are experts on topics tend to use the language that comes naturally to them. This is what they know and these words make perfect sense to them. However, what if it […]

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted March 8th, 2017

According the American Cancer Society, it is expected that about 135,430 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in the year 2017. Over the past years the number of new cases of colorectal cancer has decreased. However, there is a new study that has found that there has been a rise in the diagnosis of colon and rectal cancer in young adults. Typically, screening for […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Searching for Answers?

Posted February 8th, 2017

The internet has become a go-to for answers to our most burning questions. It is so easy to pull out a phone, a laptop or sit at a computer, go to your favorite search engine, type in a few words and get an answer within seconds. If you are looking for reliable medical information you need to  take note of who wrote it, when […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Cancer Free(dom)

Posted September 23rd, 2016

Over the past couple of months, I have been treated for basal cell carcinoma on my face. While having a MOHS procedure on the first lesion, the surgeon noted a spot on my chin that he said he wanted to biopsy when I had my second surgery done. I couldn’t remember a time not having […]

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Posted September 9th, 2016

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. What is a blood cancer you may ask? A blood cancer is a cancer that affects your blood cells including how they are produced by the body and how they function. In these cancers, the development of blood cells is interrupted by the growth of abnormal types of blood […]

Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Cancer Scars

Posted August 31st, 2016

Many events in our lives can leave us scarred. Some events leave indelible, physical scars like a scar on your leg from the time you fell off your bike as a kid. You might have an emotional scar from harsh words said to you by a friend or loved one. A psychological scar can leave […]