Prostate Cancer: Follow-Up Care

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are dedicated to helping prostate cancer survivors live their lives to the fullest after treatment. We offer comprehensive follow-up care for people who have been treated here as part of our institution-wide Survivorship Initiative.

Your follow-up care is provided by nurse practitioners who are specialists in the care of prostate cancer survivors. In addition to monitoring for signs of cancer recurrence, we focus on identifying, preventing, and controlling any long-term and late effects associated with cancer and its treatment.

A visit with the nurse practitioner includes the following:

  • Review of your recent medical history and a physical examination
  • Assessment to detect recurrence of cancer
  • Identification and management of the effects of cancer and its treatment
  • Screening referrals for other cancers
  • Health promotion recommendations related to nutrition, exercise, and smoking cessation
  • Treatment summary and follow-up care plan
  • Consultation with your Memorial Sloan Kettering physician as needed

In addition to working closely with your treatment team, the nurse practitioners provide a treatment summary and survivorship care plan to you, your primary care doctor, and other medical providers. Your physicians can then incorporate this information into your overall medical plan. After each visit, the nurse practitioner will continue to update your other medical providers.

As your need for cancer care decreases, your follow-up care may transition to your primary care physician. The timing for this depends on your particular cancer and treatment. Memorial Sloan Kettering experts are always available if you or your doctors ever have a cancer-related question about your cancer care or if a new cancer-related problem arises.

Your Follow-Up Care Team

Pictured: Michelle Mallamud, NP  Michelle Mallamud, NP I am a nurse practitioner with special training in prostate cancer survivorship issuesI graduated from Columbia University’s nurse practitioner program.

Pictured: Holly Anderson, NP Holly Anderson, NP I am a nurse practitioner with special training in prostate cancer survivorship issues. I graduated from Kent State University’s nurse practitioner program and worked at NYU Langone Clinical Cancer Center before joining Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2013.

Rehabilitation Services

The acute effects of surgery, radiation therapy, or systemic therapies for prostate cancer can cause noticeable changes in your strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Rehabilitation therapy can help to improve your quality of life.

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, physical therapists work closely with the medical team to design individualized exercise programs that can help you increase your strength, endurance, and balance after treatment. We offer patients valuable techniques to increase mobility without increasing pain and discomfort after surgery. See Rehabilitation for further information about our services, including appointment information.

Sexual Health

Memorial Sloan Kettering's comprehensive care of men with prostate cancer includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers with expertise in treating the sexual health problems that can arise from prostate cancer and the treatment of this disease.

We have a team of experts who specialize in male sexual health problems including erectile dysfunction (impotence). This includes penile rehabilitation, which is a comprehensive program to optimize the maintenance of erectile function after the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Learn more about sexual health.

  1. Figures from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.