This information explains transitioning your lymphoma care from Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) to your local primary care doctor. It also answers some frequently asked questions.
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. At MSK, we have a care plan for people who have completed treatment for lymphoma. This plan is based on your individual needs. This transition may seem scary at first, but we will help you as much as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don’t have a local primary care doctor?
We will help you find a local primary care doctor if you don’t already have one.
How will my primary care doctor know about my treatment?
Your MSK doctor or survivorship nurse practitioner (NP) will send your primary care doctor a detailed report of your care at MSK. 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?
Some people may develop other health problems, such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, thyroid disease, or another cancer after finishing treatment. You may need to be screened for some or all of these health problems. Your MSK doctor or survivorship NP will review other care recommendations with you and your primary care doctor.
We also recommend doing the following as part of your ongoing care:
- Get a physical exam every year.
- Get the flu vaccine every year.
- Ask your doctor when you should get the pneumonia vaccine.
- Have your cholesterol checked every year.
- Follow your doctor’s recommendations for diet and exercise.
- Take your medications as prescribed.
- Follow your doctor’s recommendations for colonoscopies.
- Follow your doctor’s recommendations for mammograms.
- Get other tests and screenings done as recommended by your doctor.
I see doctors at MSK for reasons not related to lymphoma. Can I continue to do so?
Talk with your MSK doctor and local doctors about planning your care. Some people transfer other care they receive at MSK to their primary care doctor or a specialist in their community. Other people keep seeing doctors at MSK. Your MSK and local doctors can help you decide what’s best for you.
What if I have another problem related to lymphoma and need to come back to MSK?
If you have any problems related to lymphoma or your lymphoma treatment, we want you to come back to MSK. We will give you and your primary care doctor contact information to make an appointment.