Nurse practitioner Megan Dunne discusses what you need to know as you prepare for life after treatment.
At Memorial Sloan-Kettering, we are dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors live their lives to the fullest after treatment. We offer comprehensive follow-up care for women who have been treated here as part of our institution-wide Survivorship Initiative.
Your follow-up care is provided by nurse practitioners who are specialists in the care of breast cancer survivors. In addition to monitoring for signs of cancer recurrence, we focus on identifying, preventing, and controlling any long-term and late effects associated with cancer and its treatment.
A visit with the nurse practitioner includes the following:
- Review of your recent medical history and a physical examination
- Assessment to detect recurrence of cancer
- Identification and management of the effects of cancer and its treatment
- Screening referrals for other cancers
- Health promotion recommendations related to nutrition, exercise, and smoking cessation
- Treatment summary and follow-up care plan
- Consultation with your Memorial Sloan-Kettering physician as needed
In addition to working closely with your treatment team, the nurse practitioners provide a treatment summary and survivorship care plan to you, your primary care doctor, and other medical providers. Your physicians can then incorporate this information into your overall medical plan. After each visit, the nurse practitioner will continue to update your other medical providers.
As your need for cancer care decreases, your follow-up care may transition to your primary care physician. The timing for this depends on your particular cancer and treatment. Memorial Sloan-Kettering experts are always available if you or your doctors ever have a cancer-related question or if a new cancer-related problem arises.
Your Follow-Up Care Team
Kristen Cognetti, NP
I am a nurse practitioner with special training in breast cancer survivorship issues. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's nurse practitioner program and joined Memorial Sloan-Kettering in 2003, working in the women’s health unit and in the breast medical oncology group.
Megan Dunne, ANP, RN
I am a nurse practitioner with special training in breast cancer survivorship issues. I joined Memorial Sloan-Kettering in 1990 and graduated from New York University's nurse practitioner program.
Kathleen Keenan, ANP, RN
I am a nurse practitioner with special training in breast cancer survivorship issues. I joined Memorial Sloan-Kettering in 2002 and graduated from Columbia University's nurse practitioner program. Prior to joining Memorial Sloan-Kettering, I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on the Breast Service.
Martha Rodriguez, ANP, RN
I am a nurse practitioner with special training in breast cancer survivorship issues. I have been a nurse practitioner since 1995 and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. I have worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering for more than ten years.
Becky Steed, NP
I am a nurse practitioner with special training in breast cancer survivorship issues. I graduated from the Emory University nurse practitioner program in Atlanta, Georgia, and began working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in 2010. My background is in women’s health.