Follow-Up Care & Support

Our medical staff understands that fighting cancer can be overwhelming. Our experts are skilled in identifying and treating the various symptoms and complications associated with the treatment of cancer of unknown primary origin, including the emotional and psychological aspects of living with this disease.

Rehabilitation Therapy

If you have been undergoing cancer treatment, rehabilitation therapy can help to improve your quality of life. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, physical therapists work closely with the medical team to improve your strength and endurance after surgery or medical treatments.

We offer valuable techniques to increase your mobility without causing additional pain and discomfort, and teach energy-conserving techniques that can help decrease the fatigue you may experience during your treatment. Our occupational therapists can inform you about the changes you may experience, and about adaptive equipment and compensatory techniques that can increase your independence. We can also provide guidance in performing basic daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and moving around your environment.

See Rehabilitation for further information about our services, including appointment information.

Other Support Services

Memorial Sloan Kettering offers a wide range of programs to help you manage issues that can arise during or following treatment, including the following:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center

Coping with cancer can produce unique psychosocial needs for some patients. Our Counseling Center offers individual and family counseling sessions to help you and your family members to address any problems that may arise from adjusting to life during and after treatment.

Integrative Medicine

Our Integrative Medicine Service complements mainstream medical care by addressing the physical and emotional symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment. We offer a number of complementary therapies including various types of massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, visualization and other mind-body therapies, music therapy, and nutritional counseling, as well as classes such as yoga, t’ai chi, and chair aerobics.

Help for Older Patients

A diagnosis of cancer is difficult at any age, but older patients face unique challenges. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is committed to providing cancer patients aged 65 and older with the treatment, facilities, and support they need.

Memorial Sloan Kettering offers the services of a multidisciplinary geriatric team, which includes physicians, clinical nurse specialists, social workers, nutritionists, and psychiatrists, as well as members of the Palliative Medicine Service and the Integrative Medicine Service. The programs and care the team provides focus on the needs of elderly cancer patients.

For more information about our services for older patients as well as for their family and friends, visit Help for Older Patients.

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.

Learn more about how our Supportive Care Service can help you throughout the cancer experience.

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.

Learn more about how we can relieve your pain.