Esophageal Cancer: Survivorship & Support

As more people are alerted to the warning signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer, doctors are diagnosing and treating many more cases early on, when there is a greater chance of cure. Researchers are also continually working to improve esophageal cancer therapies. For both of these reasons, the number of esophageal cancer survivors has grown in recent years.

Recognizing the special needs of people who have undergone treatment for esophageal cancer, as well as their family and friends, Memorial Sloan Kettering offers comprehensive support services. We can help you to address the full range of challenges that can come with the disease and its treatment.

Living Beyond Cancer

People facing the challenges of cancer survivorship can access a variety of support services through the Survivorship Center section of our website. You can find information about professionally led support groups and counseling, survivorship clinics to manage the late effects of cancer and its treatment, recommendations about healthy living, and other specialized services. We also offer a range of resources to help survivors, families, and friends better understand the complex emotional and social issues that may arise 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, lectures and support groups, and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center

Our Counseling Center offers individual and family counseling sessions to help people with cancer and their families address the problems they may encounter in adjusting to life during and after treatment.

Integrative Medicine

Our Integrative Medicine Service complements mainstream medical care by addressing the physical and emotional symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment. We offer a number of complementary therapies including various types of massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, visualization and other mind-body therapies, music therapy, and nutritional counseling, as well as classes such as yoga, t'ai chi, and chair aerobics.

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.

Our multidisciplinary geriatric team includes physicians, clinical nurse specialists, social workers, nutritionists, and psychiatrists, as well as members of the Palliative Medicine Service and the Integrative Medicine Service. The team provides a number of programs focusing on the needs of elderly cancer patients.

Learn more about help for older patients.

Access Information through Our Patient Portal

Memorial Sloan Kettering offers a secure website – called MYMSKCC – for patients to access personalized information about their care. If you enroll to use MYMSKCC, you can view, confirm, and keep track of appointments; access many of your lab results; make changes to contact and insurance information; communicate with your healthcare team and other staff using secure electronic messages; and pay bills and view balances. Learn more about MYMSKCC.

To enroll in MYMSKCC, please ask a session assistant in clinic or contact your physician's office.