Cancer survivors may experience medical and emotional changes after treatment ends. MSK’s Adult Survivorship Program offers comprehensive services to people who have completed treatment. The program focuses not only on cancer screening but also on health promotion and wellness.
We hope that you will lead a healthy, active life after cancer. But we recognize that you may develop problems as a result of having been treated for cancer. In addition to regularly monitoring you for signs that your cancer has returned, we focus on healthy lifestyle choices and addressing problems related to cancer treatment. Your survivorship visits will include:
- review of your medical history
- physical examinations
- looking for and helping with treatment-related problems
- counseling on healthy living habits such as diet and exercise
- recommendations for screening for other cancers
- referrals to outside experts and resources
- a Survivorship Care Plan document for you and your primary care physician (PCP)
It is important to see your PCP for regular visits. He or she will be routinely updated on your follow-up plan of care.
Our experts include specialized nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) who care for more than 12,000 patients. Our NPs and PAs work as part of a team that includes collaborating physicians and social workers. Our disease-specific clinics include:
Most survivors in our program were diagnosed during adulthood. If you were diagnosed as a child or young adult, please consider our Adult Long-Term Follow-Up Program or Long-Term Follow-Up Program for Children.
Don’t see a Survivorship Clinic for your specific cancer listed here? While we expand our clinics to help people with other types of cancer, your doctor will provide you with survivorship care.
Typically, we see our patients every six to 12 months, though this varies based on the type of cancer therapy you received and any other individual health risks you may have. After each visit, we send a progress report to your PCP .
Many survivors will transition their care back to their PCP. The timing will be based on the type of cancer and therapy you received, as well as your individual health risks. Our team of experts will always be available to you and your physician should any issues or questions arise.