Kari Breckenridge, APN
Kari is an oncology certified nurse (OCN) and is a board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC).
Kari graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Methodist College of Nursing in 2013.
She received a master of science in nursing – family nurse practitioner (MSN-FNP) from Walden University in 2020.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?
January 2015, RN / March 2020, APN
Hobbies / Interests:
I love spending time with those who mean the most, friends, family, and of course my two dogs. I love to travel. You can find me grilling and camping in the summer and then snowmobiling in the winter.
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
There is more individualized cancer treatments based on genetics and molecular testing. We are utilizing more targeted therapies tailored to the individual’s need and integrating immunotherapy.
Why did you choose your field?
I chose to work in oncology because there is nothing more fulfilling and rewarding. Working at Illinois CancerCare is not just a job, it is a career that has turned into a passion for me. Working with a unique population, being able to advocate for those in need, and bringing care to rural communities has impacted me and my life in ways that I cannot explain. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work in oncology and be a part of the Illinois CancerCare family.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
The whole process can be overwhelming so try and take it one day at a time and know that you have an amazing team behind you fighting for you every step of the way. And most of all, try and live each day to its fullest potential.