Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Survivorship & Support

People facing the challenges of cancer survivorship can access a variety of support services by visiting Living Beyond Cancer. This section of our website includes information about professionally led support groups and counseling; survivorship clinics to manage the side effects of cancer and treatment; recommendations about screening and healthy living; and other specialized services. We also offer a range of resources to help survivors, families, and friends through the complex emotional and social issues that can accompany treatment.

Our Resources for Life After Cancer program also offers a full range of educational support services, including individual and family counseling; lectures and workshops; and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues.

The following are some of the services we offer.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center

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

Integrative Medicine Service

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 therapies including 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.

Memorial Sloan Kettering offers the services of a multidisciplinary geriatric team, which 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 programs and care the team provides focus on the needs of elderly cancer patients.

Learn more about our services for older patients, their families, and friends.

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 over 300 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.