Coordinated treatment and care by a multidisciplinary team of clinician-researchers, with experience and expertise in treating cancer and its related symptoms, can help ensure quality of life for longer periods than have been possible in the past.
Regular follow-up care after the initial course of treatment is very important. You should never hesitate to let members of your cancer care team know if you experience any symptoms, changes, or treatment-related problems.
For many patients with gallbladder or bile duct cancer, symptom control is just as important as treatment aimed at controlling the disease. When the tumor is too widespread to be removed, palliative procedures may help prevent blockage of bile ducts and relieve symptoms, such as jaundice, itching of the skin, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
Other Support Services
To help patients manage some of the other issues that may come up following treatment, Memorial Sloan Kettering offers a wide range of programs, including the following:
Our Integrative Medicine Service is designed to enhance quality of life through healing regimens that address the body, mind, and spirit. Beneficial complementary therapies include 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. Patients may benefit from some of these services while in the hospital, while other services are better suited to recovering or recovered patients after discharge.
Our Counseling Center offers individual and family counseling sessions to help cancer survivors and their families address the problems they may encounter in adjusting to life during and after treatment.
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 age 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 the Help for Older Patients section of our website.
Memorial Sloan Kettering provides numerous prevention, screening, and wellness services. Information about these services; up-to-date information on cancer screening tests and guidelines; guidance on how to stop smoking; and how to follow a healthy diet can be found on our website in the Prevention & Screening section.
Access Information Through our Patient Portal
Memorial Sloan Kettering offers a secure website — called MYMSKCC — for patients to access personalized information about their care. If you enroll to use MYMSKCC, you can view, confirm, and keep track of appointments; access over 300 lab results; make changes to contact and insurance information; communicate with your healthcare team and other staff using secure electronic messages; and pay bills and view balances. Learn more about MYMSKCC.
To enroll in MYMSKCC, please ask a session assistant in clinic or contact your physician’s office.
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.