At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we know that even after you’ve finished bladder cancer treatments, you may still need our help. We’re committed to supporting you in every way we can — physically, emotionally, spiritually, and otherwise — for as long as you need us.
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.
Plus, our Resources for Life After Cancer program offers individual and family counseling, lectures and support groups, and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues, among other services. Visit the Survivorship Center to learn more.
Rehabilitation and Exercise
Cancer treatment can sap your strength, flexibility, mobility, and endurance. The experts at our Sillerman Center for Rehabilitation can teach you therapeutic exercises and training programs that can help you heal. The state-of-the-art facility is 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 treatment for cancer.
Our Counseling Center offers both individual and group counseling sessions to help you and your family cope with disease in general. These sessions can be a healthy, productive way to work through the stress and anxiety that are sometimes a part of treatment and recovery.
We offer various forums for you and your family to discuss challenges and solutions surrounding bladder cancer treatment specifically. You can participate in periodic group meetings led by social workers, nurses, or peers to discuss changes in physical functioning, appearance, lifestyle, and self-image, as well as fatigue, isolation, and concerns about the future. Learn more about our in-person and online support groups.
Patient volunteers can also provide helpful support and important information; contact Richard Glassman at 646-422-4658 for more information.
Medical treatments — chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery — 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 with cancer have questions about diet and nutrition. Our food and nutrition team is trained in helping you understand and cope with a variety of conditions relating to cancer treatment.
Our expert dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy that can help you manage digestion problems, changes in taste, your weight, and other issues. They’ll work closely with your treatment team to customize a dietary plan that fits your own specific needs.
Dermatology and Skin Care
We understand that the side effects of cancer treatment that affect your physical appearance can be as upsetting and uncomfortable as any other symptoms you may have. Our dermatology experts can help you manage conditions that affect the health and appearance of your skin and, in some instances, even help prevent them from developing in the first place.
Cancer and its treatment are a challenge for anyone, regardless of age. But if you’re over 65, you may face unique issues that affect people only in your age group. We’re committed to providing cancer patients of all ages 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.
Female Sexual Health
Treatment for bladder cancer can affect your sexual health. Vaginal dryness and pain during sex are common side effects. If you experience any of these side effects, let Memorial Sloan Kettering help. Through our Female Sexual Medicine and Women’s Health Program, you’ll be connected to a specially trained counselor who can help you find solutions to issues affecting your sexual health.
Male Sexual Health
The doctors and nurses of our Male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Program can help you manage potential sexual side effects of bladder cancer treatment.
Beyond the many other health issues it causes, tobacco use is a serious risk factor for bladder cancer and can also make treatments less effective. If you smoke, we want to help you stop — now — to reduce your risk of developing 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.
MSK Bladder Cancer Follow-Up Provider
Peggy Lynch, NP
I am a nurse practitioner with special training in urology cancer survivorship issues. I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering since 1990 and I graduated from the Columbia University nurse practitioner program in 1998.
Christina Leung-Job, NP
I am a nurse practitioner with special training in kidney and prostate survivorship issues. I graduated from New York University’s nurse practitioner program and have inpatient and outpatient experience in various medical departments. I have a special interest in working with cancer survivors and helping them manage their care.