At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we know that even after you’ve finished your 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.
The number one goal that we all share at MSK is to help you beat gastric cancer. But we also want to help you bounce back during and after your treatment.
Our specially trained staff is available to help you manage the side effects of gastric cancer treatment, such as pain and nausea. For example, we recommend that you eat smaller, more frequent meals following surgery. Because the stomach plays an important role in vitamin absorption, we may also suggest that you take dietary vitamin supplements.
Cancer treatment can sap your strength, flexibility, mobility, and endurance. Our rehabilitation specialists can help you improve these things, along with your balance, coordination, and range of motion. They can also help you manage your pain and teach you therapeutic exercises and training programs that can help you heal. You can take advantage of these services at any point during your time with us.
Medical treatments — things like 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 overall 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.
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 only people 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, and support — will be tailored to meet your particular needs.
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 your disease. These sessions can be a healthy, productive way to work through the stress and anxiety that are sometimes a part of treatment and recovery.
A key part of cancer prevention, treatment, and recovery is making healthy dietary choices. Eating the right amount of the right foods can keep you healthier and more energetic. Our team of expert dietitians provides medical nutrition therapy that can help you manage a variety of conditions, including digestion problems and changes in taste, as well as your weight. They’ll work closely with your treatment team to customize a dietary plan that fits your unique needs.
Beyond the many other health issues it causes, smoking is a serious risk factor for many types of cancer, and can also make cancer 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 MSK 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.