Transitioning Your Breast Cancer Care from MSK to a Primary Care Doctor

This information explains how your breast cancer care will be transitioned from Memorial Sloan Kettering(MSK) to your local primary care doctor. It also answers some frequently asked questions.

At MSK, we have a plan of care for people who have completed treatment for breast cancer. This plan is based on your individual needs. You have passed the time when most problems from breast cancer occur. As a result, you can start seeing your local primary care doctor for your future healthcare needs. This transition may seem scary at first, but we are here to help you.

Initial Follow-up Care

In the early years after your treatment, you were seen by your doctor for follow-up visits. You may have had visits with more than 1 doctor, depending on the treatments you received. These visits included physical examinations and tests, such as mammograms.

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Long-term Follow-up Care

Your care at MSK

About 2 to 5 years after treatment, your care may have been transferred from your doctor to a survivorship nurse practitioner (NP). Like your doctor, your survivorship NP examined you and ordered tests. They focused on your long-term physical and psychological needs after breast cancer. This included treating any effects from treatment and making sure that you were getting all the care you needed.

 

Transition to your local primary care doctor

Now that your breast cancer care needs have passed, your care can be transferred from MSK to your local primary care doctor. Your MSK doctor or survivorship NP will send your primary care doctor a detailed summary of your care at MSK and copies of your test results. This report will also include any recommendations based on the breast cancer treatment you received.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need any other care for my breast cancer?

You should have a breast and chest wall exam every year. You should also have a mammogram, if needed.

Can I still have my mammogram at MSK?

It is your choice. You can have your mammograms done by a local radiologist. We can provide you with copies of your old mammograms for comparison.

If you want to continue getting your mammograms at MSK, you can go to the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast and Imaging Center at 300 East 66th Street (at Second Avenue) or any other MSK regional site. A list of these locations can be given to you. However, you will need a prescription from your local doctor at these sites so that the test results can be sent to that office.

What other care will I need?

You should continue to take care of your bone health, especially if you took hormonal therapy. We will forward the results of your bone density tests to your doctor and they will order them in the future. You should continue to follow our recommendations for diet and exercise, and take supplements or medications as prescribed. You should also follow your doctor’s recommendation for how often to visit your gynecologist.

What other blood tests will I need?

You no longer need blood tests related to your breast cancer. Your local doctor will order tests related to your general health, such as cholesterol screenings. Any other tests that need to be continued will be part of the report sent from your care team at MSK to your local doctor.

I see other MSK doctors. Can I continue to do so?

You may transfer any other care you receive at MSK to either your primary care doctor or a specialist in your community. This will require discussion and care planning with your MSK specialist and local doctors.

What if I have another problem related to breast cancer and need to come back to MSK?

If you have any problems related to breast cancer, we want you to come back to MSK. We will give you and your primary care doctor contact information to make an appointment. For your reference, as a returning patient you can make an appointment by calling 866-280-7449.

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