Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Survivorship & Support

Even after successful treatment, some squamous cell carcinoma can recur in the same place. Also, people who have one skin cancer are at higher-than-average risk for developing new skin cancers of all types.

Individuals who have been treated for squamous cell carcinoma should continue their monthly self-examinations and consult their doctor immediately if they find a growth, bump, spot, or any other changes in their skin that could indicate a recurrence of disease. Protection from sun exposure is also critical.

Learn more about our screening guidelines for skin cancers.

Other Aspects of Survivorship

To help patients manage some of the other issues that may arise as a result of a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up once treatment is completed, Memorial Sloan Kettering offers a wide range of programs, including:

Screening & Wellness

Memorial Sloan Kettering offers screening exams for skin cancer and other cancers, as well as supportive services for cancer survivors. Information about these services, guidance on how to stop smoking, and instruction on how to follow a healthy diet can be found by visiting Prevention & Screening. The American Academy of Dermatology also sponsors free skin cancer screenings in many areas of the country.

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.

Living Beyond Cancer

People facing the challenges of cancer survivorship can access a variety of support services by visiting Living Beyond Cancer. 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 a full range of educational support services, including individual and family counseling, periodic lectures or workshops to provide medical updates, and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues.

Integrative Medicine Service

Our Integrative Medicine Service is designed to enhance quality of life through healing regimens that address the body, mind, and spirit. Beneficial complementary therapies include 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 the Older Cancer Patient

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.

For more information about our services for older patients, their families, and friends, visit Help for the Older Cancer Patient.

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.