Survivorship Center: Services for Survivors

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are dedicated to helping people live their lives to the fullest after cancer and its treatments. With this goal in mind, we have developed a comprehensive array of services for cancer survivors.

Counseling

Cancer and its treatments can have a significant impact on your emotions and relationships. Experts at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Counseling Center are available to help cancer survivors and their families and friends cope with a variety of issues that may arise after cancer treatment.

Our experienced psychiatrists and psychologists tailor services to your specific needs through individual, couples, or family counseling sessions. The Counseling Center also sponsors group sessions for patients or family members who might benefit from working with people experiencing similar circumstances.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 646-888-0100.

Dermatology

Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or blood and marrow stem cell transplants can have an effect on your skin, hair, and nails. Our dermatologist specializes in evaluating and treating dermatologic conditions that result from cancer therapies. Skin consultations for survivors are available to minimize the dermatologic effects of cancer treatment.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 212-610-0078. Appointments are available for people who were treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Fertility

Many people with cancer want to have children after treatment. If you are a patient receiving care at Memorial Sloan Kettering and would like to learn about your options, ask your doctor or nurse for a referral to our Cancer and Fertility Program. The clinical nurse specialist who directs the program can provide information about the effects of cancer therapy on fertility, options to preserve fertility before treatment begins, and options for building a family after treatment is completed. The clinical nurse specialist can also refer you to reproductive medicine specialists and other resources.

Genetic Testing & Counseling

If you are a cancer survivor, you or your family members may have questions about the risk of developing other types of cancer or passing on genetic risk factors to your children.

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Clinical Genetics Service offers risk assessment for hereditary cancers, genetic counseling, and genetic testing by specially trained genetic counselors and physicians. Our staff will review your family history and offer educational information or services that may help you manage your genetic risk for cancer.

For more information about our Clinical Genetics Service, please call 646-888-4050.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine therapies complement medical treatment by addressing the mind, body, and spirit of people with cancer. Practitioners in our Integrative Medicine Service use a variety of approaches – including touch therapies, mind-body therapy, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling – to help cancer survivors manage chronic symptoms, enhance healing and recovery, and achieve a sense of well-being.

These services are available to all cancer survivors as well as their families. Learn more about how complementary therapies ease recovery after cancer treatment.

To schedule an appointment for an integrative medicine therapy, please call 646-888-0800.

MYMSKCC Patient Portal

MYMSKCC is a private, personalized online link to Memorial Sloan Kettering from which you can securely access information about your care. If you enroll in MYMSKCC, you can view lab reports, appointments, and hospital bills. You can also update your contact information and communicate with your physician's office using secure messages.

To enroll in or learn more about MYMSKCC, please ask a session assistant in clinic or contact your physician's office. If you have questions, please e-mail mymskcc@mskcc.org or call 800-248-0593.

Nutrition

Many cancer survivors have questions and concerns about diet, nutrition, weight management, and changes in appetite and taste after treatment ends. If you were treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering, you can request a personal nutritional consultation with one of our certified dietition-nutritionists, who can assess your current eating habits and offer advice about how to meet your nutritional needs.

To schedule a consultation with a dietitian, please call 212-639-7311. If you were treated at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, please call 212-639-5201/5270. Learn more about eating well after cancer treatment and view nutritional guidelines for people with short bowel syndrome.

Rehabilitation

Cancer and its treatments can have an impact on your muscles, bones, nerves, circulatory system, and lymphatic system, resulting in problems with coordination, balance, strength, or flexibility. Neuromuscular and musculoskeletal problems such as neuropathy (nerve pain), difficulty walking, joint pain, or lymphedema (swelling in and around the lymph nodes) can be immediate or may appear after certain treatments.

At the Sillerman Center for Rehabilitation, we offer a variety of rehabilitation services for cancer survivors. Our expert rehabilitation medicine physicians develop comprehensive treatment plans based on the specific needs of each patient. Treatments include targeted medications and therapeutic injections that can improve your quality of life.

Our highly trained therapists perform physical, occupational, and lymphedema therapy to improve mobility and help maximize your ability to carry out your daily activities. In addition to providing therapeutic exercises and addressing difficulties related to movement, our therapists offer specialized treatments such as soft tissue/myofascial techniques, vestibular assessments and treatments, biofeedback, and laser therapy. 

Please contact your physician to receive a referral to the Sillerman Center for Rehabilitation.

Resources for Life After Cancer Program

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, your care doesn't end after cancer treatment. Our Resources for Life After Cancer program offers a broad range of support services for cancer survivors and their families. Through individual and family consultations, seminars, workshops, and professionally led support groups, this program addresses a variety of topics related to cancer survivorship, including insurance, employment, emotional concerns, and caregiver issues.

Established in the 1980s, Resources for Life After Cancer (formerly the Post-Treatment Resource Program) has served thousands of cancer survivors and is a model for cancer support programs at comprehensive cancer centers around the country.

We invite all cancer survivors and their families — including those treated outside of Memorial Sloan Kettering – to participate in our upcoming programs. You can also view our Winter/Spring 2014 brochure.

Your Resources for Life After Cancer Program Social Worker

For more information about our support programs, please call 646-888-4740.

Sexual Health

Cancer and its treatments can have an impact on your sexual health, whether you are a man or a woman. These changes can take a physical and emotional toll, decreasing your interest and confidence in sexual activity.

Our Male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Program, led by a urologist who specializes in sexual health, helps men who are dealing with cancer-related sexual health challenges, including erectile dysfunction (impotence). Ask your healthcare team or call 646-422-4359 to schedule an appointment and learn more about this program.

Our Female Sexual Medicine and Women's Health Program includes the services of a psychologist/sexual therapist and a nurse practitioner. Talk to your healthcare team about this program or call 646-888-5076 to schedule an appointment and learn more.

You can also refer to our frequently asked questions to get more detailed information about how cancer can affect sexual health for men and women.

Tobacco Cessation

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s tobacco cessation programs address the needs of cancer survivors and their families who want to improve their health by becoming smoke-free. We use a range of individually tailored methods to help each person find healthy, effective ways to resist the craving to smoke and to quit smoking permanently. We also welcome family members who want to stop smoking, as it may be easier to quit together.

Learn more in our smoking cessation guide.