Prostate Cancer: Survivorship & Support

Memorial Sloan Kettering offers comprehensive support services and other resources for men with prostate cancer, as well as their family and friends. 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 Living Beyond Cancer 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 screening and healthy living, and specialized services to address sexual health, and fertility preservation and parenthood. 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, lectures and support groups, and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues.

Counseling and Support

At Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Kimmel Center for Prostate and Urologic Cancers, counseling services are fully integrated into your cancer care. Our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers can help you address any psychological, social, and practical needs that you or your family might encounter during your cancer care. Learn more about Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Support Services.

In addition, current and former Memorial Sloan Kettering patients are available to speak with you as patient-to-patient volunteers, sharing their experiences and offering advice. Learn more about our Patient-to-Patient Support Program.

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 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. We can also provide accurate information about the effects of herbs and supplements within the context of cancer care.

Rehabilitation

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Rehabilitation Service improves patients’ function and quality of life by comprehensively evaluating and treating neuromusculoskeletal disorders, pain, and functional problems associated with cancer and its treatment. Such disorders include but are not limited to those caused by chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well as cancer itself. Our multidisciplinary team includes experts in rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy and lymphedema therapy.

In addition to their specialized diagnostic skills, our physicians perform a variety of pain-reducing and function-improving procedures including botulinum toxin, epidural steroid, intra-articular, trigger point, and ultrasound-guided injections. We perform electrodiagnostic testing (EMG) that is tailored to the needs of our complex patients. Our highly trained physical and occupational therapists’ cancer-specific knowledge and skills are critically important to the safe and effective rehabilitation of our patients. We are available to treat patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Inpatient referrals are seen at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s main campus by one of our on-site therapists or attending physicians. Outpatient referrals are seen at our new Sillerman Center for Rehabilitation.

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.

We offer 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 Help for Older Patients.

Screening & Wellness

Memorial Sloan Kettering provides numerous prevention, screening, and wellness services. Information about these services, guidance on how to stop smoking, and instruction on how to follow a healthy diet can be found by visiting Our Survivorship Services.

Diet & Prostate Cancer

A healthy diet and lifestyle, combined with effective screening practices, can have a positive impact on your overall well-being and freedom from disease. Diets that contain high levels of vegetables, particularly cruciferous vegetables (such as cabbage, broccoli, and brussels sprouts), have been associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Studies have also suggested that increased levels of lycopene (a red pigment found naturally in tomatoes) may reduce the risk of prostate cancer and that foods high in fat, especially from animal sources, may increase the risk of the disease.

Patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering can meet with a certified dietitian for advice on good nutrition. Several clinical trials are also now under way to verify the possible links between diet and prostate cancer.

Smoking Cessation

Although smoking has not been implicated directly as a risk factor for prostate cancer, by quitting smoking you can improve your overall health. Memorial Sloan Kettering's Counseling Center offers a Smoking Cessation Program designed for cancer patients and their families who want to improve their health by stopping smoking. Our counselors use a range of individually tailored methods to help each person find alternative, healthy ways to resist the craving to smoke, and to quit smoking permanently. We understand the unique challenge of wanting to stop smoking while dealing with the stresses of treatment and the fear of recurrence. We welcome family members who want to stop smoking, as it may be easier for patients and their family members to quit together.