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Transitioning Your Lymphoma Care From MSKCC to Your Primary Care Doctor

This information describes how your lymphoma care will be transitioned from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to your local primary care doctor. We will answer frequently asked questions that patients have about this process.

At MSKCC, we have a care plan for our patients who have completed treatment for lymphoma. This plan is based on your individual needs. You have passed the time when most problems from lymphoma occur. As a result, you can start seeing your primary care doctor for your future healthcare needs. This transition may seem scary at first, but we will help you as much as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my primary care doctor know about my lymphoma treatment?

Since you completed your lymphoma treatment, you have been receiving follow-up care from your lymphoma doctor. After each of these visits, your lymphoma doctor may have sent information to your primary care doctor. If so, your primary care doctor should already have updated records on file about the care you received at MSKCC. If the records were not sent to your primary care doctor, or you don't have one, we can send your records to the doctor of your choice.

Your primary care doctor will be sent a detailed summary of your care at MSKCC. This report will include information about your treatment, your most recent test results, and recommendations for follow-up care.

What other care will I need?

Sometimes after treatment, patients develop other health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, or cancer. You may need to be screened for some or all of these health problems. Your lymphoma doctor will review specific recommendations with you and your primary care doctor. For information about cancer screening, go to mskcc.org.

We also recommend doing the following as part of your ongoing care:

  • Get the flu vaccine every year.
  • Get the pneumonia vaccine every 5 years.
  • Have your cholesterol checked every year.
  • Follow your doctor's recommendations for diet and exercise.
  • Take your medications as prescribed.

I see doctors at MSKCC for reasons not related to lymphoma. Can I continue to do so?

If you see doctors at MSKCC for other reasons, ask them if this care should be continued at MSKCC or switched to your primary care doctor or a local specialist.

What if I have another problem related to lymphoma and need to come back to MSKCC?

If you have any problems related to lymphoma or your lymphoma treatment, we want you to come to MSKCC. We will give you and your primary care doctor contact information to make an appointment.