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Arlene Karole, Speaker, Patient Advocate and Writer

As part of Arlene’s mission to equip, encourage and empower others as they take control of their breast cancer diagnosis, she reaches out to members of the breast cancer community through as many media platforms as possible. Webinars, conferences, magazines, newsletters and other publications—this lifelong learner and inspired communicator is dedicated to sharing her carefully developed strategies for patient advocacy, survivorship, and wellbeing wherever she sees a need.

Breast Cancer Wellness Column


Follow Arlene in her column featuring resources, practical information, tips and tools you may use on your journey to healing.

Mar. 2024 Be a Co-creator of Your Health and Wellness - Pages 22-25 

Sep. 2023 What To Do First After Surgery - Pages 12-14

May 2023 Preparing for Surgery and What No One Tells You! - Pages 14-20

Mar. 2023 What's in Your Refrigerator? - Pages 12-14

Feb. 2023 Relieving Stress - Pages 12-13

Jan. 2023 Knowledge is Power and The Seven Steps - Pages 14-15

Dec. 2022 Kick-off Column and Introduction - Pages 10-13


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Managing Cancer Like An Event!

Arlene discusses the parallels between managing cancer and managing events, highlighting the importance of planning, teamwork, and adaptability in both endeavors. She stresses holistic care and sharing insights from event planning for navigating cancer challenges.


Own Your Diagnosis and Don’t Let it Own You!

Arlene shares her personal journey and sends an inspiring message to readers in the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine Winter 2022 edition - Volume 16, Issue 4. BCW Magazine supports the mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and environmental healing needs of women facing breast cancer, no matter what age or stage of the journey. 


The Gift of Life. Filled With Gratitude (P. 10)

Bridges, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s newsletter for survivors, offers a forum where patients and their families can share stories of inspiration and hope, and of the challenges that can accompany a cancer journey. Arlene's story is featured in the Summer 2022 edition.


Healing Forward: The Patient. The Provider. The Administrator.

In this PX blog, Arlene shares how her journey through breast cancer empowered her to make the patient experience her purpose. She is paying it forward by teaching others how to become co-creators of their own health and well-being through 7 steps to owning your diagnosis. 


The Importance of Being Your Own Health Advocate

Arlene contributed this piece to The Well by Northwell, a fact-based health and wellness website that provides information, support, a good laugh, and the ability to learn from and become part of a community who want to take charge of their health and feel empowered to make healthcare decisions.


Back to Basics

Arlene was interviewed by the Editorial Director at Cancer Wellness, a magazine dedicated to providing resources and inspiration for warriors, thrivers and supporters everywhere.


Just Diagnosed: Breast Cancer. An Illuminating Journey

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. A former board member and current member, Arlene contributed this work on breast cancer as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of the MPI Greater New York Chapter blog.


Northwell Health Patient Story

In this video series for the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, Arlene tells her story of how she was diagnosed, explains how women can advocate for their health, and gives insight on how to feel less alone during your breast cancer journey.


The Pink Fund Facebook Live Series

The Pink Fund provides financial support to help meet basic needs, decrease stress levels, and allow breast cancer patients in active treatment to focus on healing while improving survivorship outcomes. CEO Molly MacDonald interviewed Arlene to discuss Just Diagnosed: Breast Cancer on a Facebook Live event.

Featured Videos


Cancer as a Teacher

Join Dr. Ricki Pollycove, special guest & author Arlene Karole, and CancerTalks host Jon Leland in this episode as they delve into subjects like approaching cancer as a teacher, the role that narrative can play in personal transformation, and how the extraordinary power of community is always available to support your cancer journey.


What to do when you're Just Diagnosed

In her second appearance on the CancerTalks podcast, Arlene focuses on her work in patient engagement and social support for women in a conversation with host Cheryl Buck.


Meet Arlene Karole

Woman to Woman Together We Flourish is a series of discussions by experts on topics of women’s empowerment, self-care, self-love, sisterhood, and creativity, to name a few. Arlene discusses her journey and her new book in an interview with founder Jennifer Wellington in the July 2021 webinar.


Just Diagnosed: What to Expect, What to Know, and What to do Next

Arlene presented an educational program on navigating a breast cancer diagnosis and beyond and discussed her new book at the SHARE Cancer Support Queens Support Group.


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Patient Education, Interprofessional Care and Authorship With Arlene Karole

Executive Director of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, Kathleen Weis interviewed Arlene about how she went about writing “Just Diagnosed: Breast Cancer” and how it differed from writing a journal or academic article. Also, Arlene shares her passion for the patient experience, advocacy and engagement, as well as thoughts for healthcare CPD professionals who want to be more involved in these spaces.


The Rapidly Changing Landscape Of Healthcare: How To Own Your Diagnosis While Navigating An Active Patient-Provider Relationship

Arlene presented this session at the National Consortium of Breast Centers 32nd Annual Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference in Las Vegas, NV. This event is your opportunity to be at the forefront with decision makers collaborating in the most revolutionary times in our breast care and awareness history.

Click here to see the conference agenda.


Foreword Reviews

Just Diagnosed: Breast Cancer is a practical guide through breast cancer that includes sensible support options for every phase, from diagnosis to discovery and recovery.

- Reviewed by Clarion Reviews


Kirkus Reviews

A self-help work that offers a comprehensive overview of dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. - Reviewed by Kirkus Media


Faculty Author and Alumna Discusses Cancer Journey

At St. John's University, where Arlene is an alumna and professor in the Collins College of Professional Studies, highlights Just Diagnosed: Breast Cancer and Arlene's cancer journey in the News & Media section of their website.


Meet a Breast Cancer Helpline Volunteer: Arlene

As an active volunteer with SHARE, a national nonprofit that supports, educates, and empowers women affected by breast, ovarian, uterine or metastatic breast cancer, with a special focus on medically underserved communities, Arlene shares her story in an interview series.


“It Started With Cancer…”

"It Started With Cancer… " is a chronicle of Arlene's journey written by her for a Manor of Speaking, a monthly newsletter published by New York City estate planning and real estate law firm, Merlino & Gonzalez.

Media Inquiries

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