Survivorship & Support
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we recognize the diverse needs of people who have undergone treatment for soft tissue sarcoma, as well as their family and friends. We offer comprehensive support services to help you to address the full range of challenges that may arise with the disease and its treatment.
Living Beyond Cancer
People facing the challenges of cancer survivorship can access a variety of support services through our Survivorship Center. You can find information about professionally led support groups and counseling, survivorship clinics to manage the late effects of cancer and its treatment, recommendations about healthy living, and other specialized services. We also offer a range of resources to help survivors, families, and friends better understand the complex emotional and social issues that may arise following treatment.
Additional services are offered through our Resources for Life After Cancer program, which provides a full range of educational support services, including individual and family counseling, lectures and support groups, and practical guidance on employment and insurance issues.
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.
Chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery for sarcoma can affect your range of motion, strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. People with sarcoma who undergo physical and occupational therapy immediately after treatment can improve their function and mobility.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, our physical therapists evaluate each patient following surgery or hospitalization and provide them with an individualized exercise program designed to improve strength, endurance, and balance. Our therapists help ensure that patients with soft tissue sarcomas in the legs receive the most appropriate brace or assistive device. Our specialists also are experts in helping patients manage lymphedema — a surgical side effect following removal of lymph nodes that can result in a buildup of fluid and abnormal swelling of a limb.
Our occupational therapists educate patients about the changes that can result from treatment and about adaptive equipment and compensatory techniques that can increase their independence during their daily routines.
See Rehabilitation for more information about our services, including appointment information.
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.
Our multidisciplinary geriatric team 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 team provides a number of programs focused on the needs of elderly cancer patients.
Learn more about help for older patients.