CENTA's multidisciplinary tumor clinic team is rounded out by our oncology nurse practitioner, social worker, and nursing staff. Karen Bunnell was a head and neck cancer nurse before becoming a nurse practitioner. She is intimately involved with the outpatient and inpatient care of our cancer patients, and is with our patients throughout their work-up, while they are in the hospital, and afterwards when they follow up in the office.
Karen and the team work closely with Mary Jane Renner, a highly visible member of the Indianapolis cancer care community and a nationally recognized counselor for cancer patients. Mary Jane is uniquely able to assist our patients and their families with the psychological aspects of head and neck cancer, as she is a medical social worker who is a cancer survivor herself. Mary Jane underwent a laryngectomy more than thirty years ago and became acquainted with our group when she became an early user of the Blom-Singer prosthesis. Mary Jane has long been a leader of SPOHNC, the support group for head and neck cancer patients. That support also includes our dedicated and compassionate group of RN, LPN, and medical assistant nursing staff. This staff includes members who have been with CENTA since 1978 and 1996.
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