You Don’t Know the New Me

Posted June 25th, 2019

The new me came into existence almost four years ago.  The me after cancer.  The warrior.  The survivor. People I have met since THAT DAY got the new version of me.  The me that is grateful for every day of this life, and gives back.  The me that wants life more than ever, and relishes […]


Fear: The Unwanted Passenger

Posted June 18th, 2019

Author’s note: I wrote this piece a few years back but, of course, it still speaks to me. Probably always will. You might feel the same.  I visited my dermatologist the other day. “Fifteen years!” she said. So long ago, yet sometimes so close.  The thing is, once you have had a diagnosis of cancer […]


Rodney Warner

I Don’t Mean to Frighten You, But…

Posted June 6th, 2019

Editor’s note: Rodney originally wrote this piece in 2014 – it remains a favorite. Not favorite as in oh that’s uplifting or funny. But in a that’s reality – a look into the mind of a survivor and one most other survivors can relate to all too well. Thanks to Rodney for being vulnerable – it reminds […]


Writing a Life

Posted November 21st, 2018

Here’s a conundrum: it took me two seconds to decide in my heart that writing for a cancer blog was the BEST IDEA EVER. But it took me a little longer (okay, seven months to be exact but stop judging me, we just met) to put pen to paper. Why? Part of the answer lies […]


At the Junction of Bitter and Sweet

Posted November 14th, 2018

I suppose when I look back on it, it was kind of silly and dangerous that I didn’t tell anyone I wasn’t feeling so well. I had started taking swimming lessons and then the pains in my left leg began. I didn’t think it would be a big deal- just muscle pains from swimming. I […]


Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, BSN, RN

Surviving – It Is Personal

Posted June 5th, 2018

There are many different ways of thinking about cancer survivorship. These beliefs and your personal definition is just that, personal. It is unique to each individual and can change over time. When I first started taking care of patients I believed that you survived cancer when your cancer was gone. As I matured in my […]


11 Things to Know About Being a Cancer Survivor

Posted May 1st, 2018

Here at OncoLink, we are celebrating the 11th birthday of our survivorship care plan tool called OncoLife. Survivorship care plans and survivorship care can help people with cancer – and their caregivers – with many challenges. There are over 17 million cancer survivors in the US alone and they face a range of post treatment […]


Bob Riter

Cancer Survivors Can Help the Newly Diagnosed

Posted August 3rd, 2017

When friends I haven’t heard from for many years suddenly call me, I wait for them to say, “Bob, I just got diagnosed with cancer.” This is not unique to me. People who have had cancer are often asked for advice by those who are newly diagnosed. Similar conversations take place in cancer support groups. […]


The Little Care Plan That Could

Posted April 24th, 2017

When OncoLink launched in 1994, it was the first cancer information website on the internet. Twenty-three years later, it remains one of the largest. Housed at Penn Medicine, with a focus on patient and provider education, OncoLink has continued to evolve as cancer treatment has changed over the years. In April of 2007, the group […]


Carolyn Vachani

It’s Not All Rainbows and Glitter

Posted March 29th, 2017

If you have never heard the words “you have cancer”, then what I am about to explain may defy logic, but bear with me. Let’s imagine you are heading to the cancer center for your last day of treatment – chemotherapy, radiation, whatever it may be. What are you feeling? What thoughts are running through […]