We’ve built a program designed for cancer survivors and their families. Our Survivorship Center has many services for you and your loved ones, including support groups, follow-up programs, educational resources, and more. We also have an annual gathering where all of our survivors and their families get to celebrate with their doctors, nurses, and other staff.
Plus, our Resources for Life After Cancer program offers individual and family counseling, lectures, support groups, and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues, among other services. Visit the Survivorship Center to learn more.
Rehabilitation and Exercise
Undergoing a stem cell transplant can sap your strength, flexibility, mobility, and endurance. Our rehabilitation specialists can teach you therapeutic exercises and training programs that can help you heal. Our state-of-the-art facilities are specially tailored to the needs of people who’ve undergone treatment for cancer.
Supportive Care and Pain Management
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we focus on all aspects of comprehensive cancer care, not just treating the disease. Our specialists in supportive care can help you cope with the side effects of therapy. These include pain, nausea, and fatigue. We can also help with the emotional and spiritual needs that often come up during and after cancer treatment.
If you are in pain during your treatments or even after they’re over, we have pain specialists who can help. We will build a plan that makes sense for you and your needs. Our experts can work with your doctor and pharmacists to give you solutions for both acute physical pain, which comes on suddenly, as well as chronic pain, which can linger. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Counseling and Support
Sometimes, you and your loved ones just need someone to talk to, someone who’s trained to help you make sense of your experience before, during, and after your transplant.
Our Counseling Center offers both individual and group counseling sessions to help you and your family cope with your disease. These sessions can be a healthy, productive way to work through the stress and anxiety that are sometimes a part of treatment and recovery.
Medical treatments are often the best way to treat your cancer. Their whole purpose is to get you healthy again. But at MSK, we know that complementary services can also help soothe and heal not only your body but also your mind and spirit.
Our Integrative Medicine Service can be a valuable part of your formal treatment plan. Programs we offer include massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, visualization, music therapy, and nutritional counseling. Formal classes include yoga, tai chi, and chair aerobics.
Many people who have undergone stem cell transplantation experience problems like distorted taste sensations and lingering nausea and diarrhea. Until your immune system recovers you will need to follow a low-microbial diet. This special diet decreases your risk of getting sick.
Our food and nutrition team is trained in helping you understand and cope with these situations after your transplant.
Our expert dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy that can help you manage digestion problems, changes in taste and your weight, and other issues. They’ll work closely with your treatment team to customize a dietary plan that fits your own specific needs.
Recovering from a stem cell transplant is a challenge for anyone, regardless of age. But if you’re over 65, you may face unique issues that only affect people in your age group. We’re committed to providing people of all ages who have cancer with the treatment, facilities, and support they need.
Your treatment team will include healthcare professionals who have the specialized training and experience to effectively treat older patients. Every aspect of your care — diagnosis, treatment, recovery, support — will be tailored to meet your particular needs.
Stem cell transplants can affect sexual health in both men and women.
For women, our Female Sexual Medicine and Women’s Health Program will connect you to a specially trained counselor who can help you find solutions to issues affecting your sexual health.
For men, the doctors and nurses of our Male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Program can help you manage the potential sexual side effects of stem cell transplantation. They can also explain your options for storing sperm before beginning your treatment.
Beyond the many other health issues it causes, smoking is a serious risk factor for many types of cancer, and it can also make cancer treatments less effective. If you smoke, we want to help you stop — now — to reduce your risk of getting a second cancer or impairing your treatment.
The Tobacco Treatment Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering is ready to help if you’re ready to quit. Giving up tobacco is hard. And quitting while in treatment presents a unique challenge. But it’s a challenge you can overcome, and we can help you do it. We’ll also help family members who want to quit with you.