This information describes the role of survivorship nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in the Survivorship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).
In our Survivorship Program, NPs and PAs provide follow-up care for patients who have been treated for cancer at MSKCC. NPs are registered nurses who have completed advanced education and training, and have been part of the healthcare team at MSKCC since the 1970s. PAs are medical professionals who are certified to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. They have been part of the healthcare team at MSKCC since the 1980s.
What to Expect During Your Suvivorship Clinic Visit
If you choose to continue your care in our Survivorship Program, you will be seen by an NP or PA. He or she will work directly with the doctor(s) who treated you to help you manage your life after cancer. You will see your NP or PA in our Survivorship clinic, where he or she will:
- Look for signs of the cancer returning
- Manage any effects of treatment, such as pain and fatigue
- Recommend screening tests for other cancers
- Provide counseling about living a healthy lifestyle, such as diet, exercise, and quitting smoking
- Provide your local doctor with information about your treatment
- Talk with you about your medical history
- Perform a physical exam
- Order tests, such as x-rays, scans, and blood tests
- Make referrals to other healthcare providers, if needed
- Prescribe medication, if needed
For More Information
If you would like more information about our Survivorship Program, talk with your doctor or nurse.
If you are being cared for in our Survivorship Program and have any questions, talk with your NP or PA.