Assessing Symptoms after Outpatient Cancer Surgery


Full Title

Ambulatory Cancer Care Electronic Symptom Self-Reporting for Surgical Patients


How a patient feels after surgery can affect his or her quality of life. The purpose of this study is to compare two different ways of following patients’ symptoms after outpatient cancer surgery at the Josie Robertson Surgery Center of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Nearly all patients having surgery at the Josie Robertson Surgery Center receive the JRSC Recovery Tracker, an electronic survey that allows you to report your symptoms for several days after surgery on the MyMSK Patient Portal. The usual method of tracking postoperative symptoms is called Team Monitoring, where the care team is alerted to worrisome symptoms reported by the patient. With the new method, called Enhanced Feedback, patients complete the usual online symptom survey and then also receive additional information about how their symptoms compare to what has been reported by other patients who have had the same surgery. The goal of this method is to help patients better understand what can be expected as “normal” symptoms, which may ease anxiety about their recovery after surgery. Some caregivers will also be asked about their experiences caring for the patient after surgery.


This study is open to patients age over 18 years old who will be having certain outpatient cancer surgeries at the Josie Robertson Surgery Center, as well as some caregivers. Participants must be able to speak English; have access to a computer, tablet, or mobile phone; and be willing to use the online patient portal.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Brett Simon at 646-888-7011 and/or the Clinical Research Coordinators, Taylor McCready, at 646-888-7180, or Christina Ashby, at 646-888-7468.

Research reported here was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Award (IHS-1602-34355). The statements are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), its Board of Governors or Methodology Committee.



Disease Status

Newly Diagnosed & Relapsed/Refractory