Breast Cancer: Psychosocial Services


Psychiatrist Mary Jane Massie discusses the emotions and stress felt by women diagnosed with breast cancer, gaining emotional support from family, treatments for depression, and effective communication between the cancer patient and their spouse.

Psychosocial support specialists — social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists — are available for patients with breast cancer, their families, and their caregivers.

For more information about these programs, please ask your doctor or nurse.

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering has a team of social workers who are available to assist with the emotional, social, and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis through individual and family counseling. We also offer the following group support programs:
    • Weekly group for newly diagnosed adjuvant patients
    • Weekly group for women with advanced disease
    • Weekly group for young women with advanced disease
    • Monthly program for partners of adjuvant patients
    • Weekly relaxation program
    • Quarterly program dealing with sexual issues
  • A clinical psychologist and psychiatrist are also available to see patients on an individual basis.
  • You may find it helpful to speak with a patient-to-patient volunteer. These are former patients who have gone through similar experiences and have volunteered to speak with and support patients who are currently in treatment.
  • The Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center offers individual and family counseling sessions to help patients and their families address the problems they may encounter in adjusting to life during and after treatment.
  • Individual and group art therapy sessions are available to patients at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center. In addition, one day a week, there is an open studio for all patients and their family members.