Cancer and its treatment can lead to a wide range of challenges for patients and their families. To help you manage the issues that can come up, Memorial Sloan Kettering offers a wide range of support programs.
Living Beyond Cancer
You can access a variety of support services through the Living Beyond Cancer section of our website. This section includes information about professionally led support groups and counseling; survivorship clinics to manage late effects of cancer and treatment; recommendations about screening and healthy living; and specialized services to address sexual and reproductive health. We also offer a range of resources to help survivors, families, and friends better understand the complex emotional and social issues following treatment.
Additional services are offered through our Resources for Life After Cancer program, which provides a full range of educational support services, including individual and family counseling, informative lectures and workshops, and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues.
Integrative Medicine Service
Our Integrative Medicine Service complements other medical care by addressing the physical and emotional symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment. We offer various types of massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, visualization and other mind-body therapies, music therapy, and nutritional counseling, as well as classes in yoga, t'ai chi, and chair aerobics.
After treatment for colorectal cancer, you may notice changes in your range of motion, strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Rehabilitation therapy can help to improve function and mobility after abdominal surgery or other medical treatments.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, physical therapists can assist you in improving mobility, managing pain, and conserving energy. Shortly after admission to the hospital, and upon the request of the medical team, a physical therapist will evaluate your functional needs and design an individualized treatment and exercise plan. Our occupational therapists can also educate you on how to manage changes that can result from treatment, helping you to learn how to use specialized equipment and techniques that can increase your independence during your daily routines. See Rehabilitation for further information about our services, including appointment information.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center
Our Counseling Center offers individual and family counseling sessions to help patients and their families address the problems that they may encounter in adjusting to life during and after treatment.
Help for Older Patients
A diagnosis of cancer is difficult at any age, but older patients face unique challenges. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is committed to providing cancer patients aged 65 and older with the treatment, facilities, and support they need.
Memorial Sloan Kettering’s multidisciplinary geriatric team includes physicians, clinical nurse specialists, social workers, nutritionists, and psychiatrists, as well as members of the Pain and Palliative Care Service and the Integrative Medicine Service. The team provides a number of programs focusing on the needs of elderly cancer patients.
For more information about our services for older patients (as well as for their family and friends), visit the Help for Older Patients section of our website.
Screening & Wellness
Memorial Sloan Kettering provides numerous prevention, screening, and wellness services. Information about these services, as well as guidance on how to stop smoking, can be found by visiting Prevention & Screening.
Memorial Sloan Kettering now has a program called Fertility Preservation and Parenthood After Cancer Treatment, which helps patients learn about options for taking steps to preserve fertility before undergoing treatment. This can include banking sperm or having eggs or embryos frozen for later use.