To help you manage physical and emotional issues that can arise during cancer treatment and recovery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering offers a wide range of support programs.
You can access a variety of support services through the Survivorship Center 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 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 multiple myeloma, you may notice changes in your range of motion, strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Rehabilitation therapy can help to improve function and mobility after chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation.
At Memorial Sloan-Kettering, physical therapists can assist you in improving movement, managing pain, and conserving energy. 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.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s 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, nutrition experts, 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.
Find more information about our services for older patients as well as for families and friends.