Survivorship Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

This information describes the role of survivorship nurse practitioners (NPs)  and physician assistants (PAs)  in the Survivorship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK).

In our Survivorship Program, NPs and PAs provide follow-up care for patients who have been treated for cancer at MSK. NPs are registered nurses who have completed advanced education and training. PAs are medical professionals who are certified to practice medicine under the supervision of a doctor.

What to Expect During Your Survivorship Clinic Visit

As you 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 treatment. You will see your NP or PA in our survivorship clinic, where he or she will:

  • Look for signs of the cancer returning

  • Address any effects of treatment

  • 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 and plan of care

  • 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

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For More Information

If you would like more information about our Survivorship Center, talk with your doctor or nurse.

If you are being cared for in our Survivorship Center and have any questions, talk with your NP or PA.

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