Use this guide as a source of information in the days leading up to your surgery. Bring it with you on the day of your operation .
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About Your Surgery
You ’ re having surgery to check a fishy breast lesion ( collocate ) or to treat breast cancer. You may be having a :
Reading: About Your Lumpectomy
- Surgical excision
- Another similar surgery
A surgical extirpation is a surgery to remove a lesion that ’ sulfur at a high risk of being cancer. After it ’ s removed, the lesion is tested to see if it ’ s cancer. not all lesions are cancerous. Some are benign ( not cancerous ) .
A lumpectomy is a operating room to remove a malignant ( cancerous ) tumor from your front. alone the tumor and a small area of normal weave around it are removed. A lumpectomy is a breast-conserving surgery that lets you keep your breast form and, normally, your nipple .
During your surgery
Your surgeon will make an incision ( surgical switch off ) in your front. They ’ ll remove the lesion or tumor and a small area of normal weave around it. then, they ’ ll finale the incision with sutures ( stitches ). They ’ ll do their best to keep your breast looking like it did earlier surgery .
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Getting Ready for Your Surgery
This segment will help you get ready for your surgery. Read it when your operation is scheduled. Refer to it as your operating room gets closer. It has crucial information about what to do to get ready .
As you read through this department, write down questions to ask your healthcare provider .
Getting Ready for Surgery
You and your care team will work together to get ready for your operating room. Help us keep you safe during your operation by telling us if any of the follow statements apply to you, even if you ’ ra not surely .
- I take a blood thinner, such as:
- Warfarin (Jantoven® or Coumadin®)
- Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
- Enoxaparin (Lovenox®)
- Dabigatran (Pradaxa®)
- Apixaban (Eliquis®)
- Rivaroxaban (Xarelto®)
There are others, so be sure your healthcare provider knows all the medications you’re taking.
- I take prescription medications (medications my healthcare provider prescribes), including patches and creams.
- I take over-the-counter medications (medications I buy without a prescription), including patches and creams.
- I take dietary supplements, such as herbs, vitamins, minerals, or natural or home remedies.
- I have a pacemaker, automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD), or other heart device.
- I have sleep apnea.
- I’ve had a problem with anesthesia (medication to make me sleep during surgery) in the past.
- I’m allergic to certain medication(s) or materials, including latex.
- I’m not willing to receive a blood transfusion.
- I drink alcohol.
- I smoke or use an electronic smoking device, such as a vape pen, e-cigarette, or Juul®.
- I use recreational drugs.
About Drinking Alcohol
The come of alcohol you drink can affect you during and after your surgery. It ’ second important to talk with your healthcare providers about how much alcohol you drink. This will help us plan your care .
- If you stop drinking alcohol suddenly, it can cause seizures, delirium, and death. If we know you’re at risk for these problems, we can prescribe medications to help keep them from happening.
- If you drink alcohol regularly, you may be at risk for other problems during and after your surgery. These include bleeding, infections, heart problems, and a longer hospital stay.
here are things you can do before your operation to keep from having problems :
- Be honest with your healthcare providers about how much alcohol you drink.
- Try to stop drinking alcohol once your surgery is planned. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you:
- Get a headache.
- Feel nauseous (like you’re going to throw up).
- Feel more anxious (nervous or worried) than usual.
- Cannot sleep.
These are early signs of alcohol withdrawal and can be treated.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you cannot stop drinking.
- Ask your healthcare provider questions about drinking and surgery. As always, all your medical information will be kept private.
If you smoke, you can have breathing problems when you have surgery. Stopping for even a few days before your operation can help .
Your healthcare provider will refer you to our Tobacco Treatment Program if you smoke. You can besides reach the broadcast by calling 212-610-0507 .
About Sleep Apnea
sleep apnea is a common breathe problem. It causes you to stop breathe for brusque lengths of time while you ’ re asleep. The most park character is clogging rest apnea ( OSA ). With OSA, your respiratory tract becomes amply blocked during rest .
OSA can cause good problems during and after a routine. Please tell us if you have or think you might have sleep apnea. If you use a emit device ( such as a CPAP machine ), bring it on the sidereal day of your operation .
MyMSK ( my.mskcc.org ) is your MSK patient portal vein bill. You can use it to send and read messages from your care team, view your quiz results, see your appointment dates and times, and more. You can besides invite your caregiver to make their own explanation so they can see data about your worry .
If you do not have a MyMSK account, you can sign up at my.mskcc.org. You can get an registration ID by calling 646-227-2593 or your sophisticate ’ sulfur office .
For avail, watch How to Enroll in MyMSK : memorial Sloan Kettering ‘s Patient Portal. You can besides contact the MyMSK Help Desk by emailing [ electronic mail protected ] or calling 800-248-0593 .
Within 30 days of your surgery
Presurgical Testing (PST)
You ’ ll have a PST date before your operating room. The date, time, and localization will be printed on the appointment reminder from your surgeon ’ randomness office. You can eat and take your common medications the day of your appointment .
It ’ s helpful to bring these things to your appointment :
- A list of all the medications you’re taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, patches, and creams.
- Results of any tests done outside of MSK, such as a cardiac stress test, echocardiogram, or carotid doppler study.
- The names and telephone numbers of your healthcare providers.
During your PST appointment, you ’ ll meet with a nurse practitioner ( NP ). They work closely with anesthesiology staff ( specialized healthcare providers who will give you anesthesia during your surgery ). Your NP will review your medical and surgical history with you. You may have tests to plan your concern. Examples are :
- An electrocardiogram (EKG) to check your heart rhythm.
- A chest X-ray.
- Blood tests.
Your NP may recommend you see other healthcare providers. They ’ ll besides talk with you about which medications to take the dawn of your surgery .
Identify Your Caregiver
Your caregiver plays an crucial function in your care. Before your surgery, you and your health professional will learn about your surgery from your healthcare providers. After your operating room, your health professional will take you home when you ’ re discharged from the hospital. They ’ ll besides help you care for yourself at home plate .
Caring for a person going through cancer discussion comes with many responsibilities. MSK offers resources and subscribe to help you manage them. For information, visit www.mskcc.org/caregivers or read A Guide for Caregivers .
Complete a Health Care Proxy Form
If you have not already filled out a Health Care Proxy form, we recommend you do now. If you already filled one out or have any other advance directives, bring them to your adjacent appointment .
A health wish proxy is a legal document. It says who will speak for you if you can not communicate for yourself. This person is called your health care agent .
- For information about health care proxies and other advance directives, read Advance Care Planning.
- For information about being a health care agent, read How to Be a Health Care Agent.
- If you have more questions about filling out a Health Care Proxy form, talk with your healthcare provider.
Arrange for Someone to Take You Home
You must have a creditworthy care partner take you home after your operation. A responsible manage collaborator is person who can help you get home safely. They should be able to contact your caution team if they have any concerns. Make sure to plan this before the day of your surgery .
If you don ’ t have a responsible wish partner to take you home, call one of the agencies below. They ’ ll send person to go base with you. There ’ south a charge for this service, and you ’ ll need to provide transportation. It ’ randomness OK to use a taxi or car service, but you distillery need a creditworthy care partner with you .
|Agencies in New York||Agencies in New Jersey|
|Partners in Care: 888-735-8913||Caring People: 877-227-4649|
|Caring People: 877-227-4649|
Buy a 4% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) solution antiseptic skin cleanser (such as Hibiclens®)
4 % CHG solution is a skin cleansing agent that kills germs for 24 hours after you use it. Showering with it before your surgery will help lower your risk of infection after surgery. You can buy a 4 % CHG solution antiseptic peel cleansing agent at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center or at your local drugstore without a prescription .
Buy 325-milligram acetaminophen tablets (such as Tylenol® Regular Strength)
Acetaminophen is an over-the-counter pain medicine. You ’ ll use it after your operation to help manage your pain at home. It ’ randomness helpful to buy it ahead of time. You can get it at your local pharmacy without a prescription. Always follow the instructions on the container or from your healthcare supplier when taking any medication .
7 days before your surgery
Follow Your Healthcare Provider’s Instructions for Taking Aspirin
If you take aspirin or a medication that contains aspirin, you may need to change your venereal disease or stop taking it 7 days before your surgery. Aspirin can cause bleeding .
Follow your healthcare supplier ’ second instructions. Do not stop taking aspirin unless they tell you to.
For more information, read Common Medications Containing Aspirin, other Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs ( NSAIDs ), or Vitamin E .
Stop taking vitamin E, multivitamins, herbal remedies, and other dietary supplements
Stop taking vitamin E, multivitamins, herbal remedies, and other dietary supplements 7 days before your surgery. These things can cause bleed .
If your healthcare provider gives you early instructions, follow those alternatively .
For more information, read Herbal Remedies and Cancer Treatment .
2 days before your surgery
Stop taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Stop taking NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen ( Advil® and Motrin® ) and naproxen ( Aleve® ), 2 days before your operation. NSAIDs can cause bleeding .
If your healthcare supplier gives you other instructions, follow those rather .
For more information, read Common Medications Containing Aspirin, other Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs ( NSAIDs ), or Vitamin E .
1 day before your surgery
Note the time of your surgery
A staff extremity from the Admitting Office will call you after the day before your surgery. If your operation is scheduled for a Monday, they ’ ll call you the Friday before. If you do not get a call by, call 212-639-5014 .
The staff penis will tell you what time to arrive at the hospital for your operating room. They ’ ll besides remind you where to go .
Shower with a 4% CHG solution antiseptic skin cleanser (such as Hibiclens)
The nox before your operation, shower with a 4 % CHG solution antiseptic skin cleansing agent .
- Wash your hair with your usual shampoo and conditioner. Rinse your head well.
- Wash your face and genital (groin) area with your usual soap. Rinse your body well with warm water.
- Open the 4% CHG solution bottle. Pour some into your hand or a clean washcloth.
- Move away from the shower stream. Rub the 4% CHG solution gently over your body from your neck to your feet. Do not put it on your face or genital area.
- Move back into the shower stream to rinse off the 4% CHG solution. Use warm water.
- Dry yourself off with a clean towel.
Do not use any lotion, cream, deodorant, makeup, powder, aroma, or cologne after your lavish .
Instructions for Eating Before Your Surgery
Do not eat anything after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes hard sugarcoat and gum tree.
The morning of your surgery
Instructions for Drinking Before Your Surgery
You can drink a total of 12 ounces of water between midnight and 2 hours before your scheduled arrival time. Do not drink anything else.
Do not drink anything starting 2 hours before your scheduled arrival time. This includes water system .
Take your medications as instructed
A extremity of your care team will tell you which medications to take the morning of your surgery. Take only those medications with a sip of body of water. Depending on what medications you take, this may be all, some, or none of your usual morning medications .
Shower with a 4% CHG solution antiseptic skin cleanser (such as Hibiclens)
shower with a 4 % CHG solution antiseptic skin cleansing agent before you leave for the hospital. Use it the same way you did the night before .
Do not put on any lotion, cream, deodorant, makeup, powderize, perfume, or cologne after your lavish .
Things to remember
- If you wear contact lenses, wear your glasses instead. Wearing contact lenses during surgery can damage your eyes.
- Don’t wear any metal objects. Remove all jewelry, including body piercings. The tools used during your surgery can cause burns if they touch metal.
- Leave valuable items at home.
- If you’re menstruating (have your monthly period), use a sanitary pad, not a tampon. You’ll get disposable underwear, as well as a pad if needed.
What to bring
- A button-down or loose-fitting shirt.
- A supportive bra, such as a sports bra, to wear after your surgery.
- Your breathing device for sleep apnea (such as your CPAP device), if you have one.
- Your Health Care Proxy form and other advance directives, if you completed them.
- Your cell phone and charger.
- Only the money you may want for small purchases (such as a newspaper).
- A case for your personal items (such as eyeglasses, hearing aid(s), dentures, prosthetic device(s), wig, and religious articles), if you have one.
- This guide. Your healthcare team will use it to teach you how to care for yourself after surgery.
Once you’ve arrived for your surgery
many staff members will ask you to say and spell your mention and give birth date. This is for your safety. People with the same or a like name may be having operation on the lapp day .
When it ’ mho time to change for operation, you ’ ll get a hospital gown, robe, and nonskid socks to wear .
Meet With a Nurse
You ’ ll meet with a breastfeed before surgery. Tell them the drug of any medications you took after midnight and the time you took them. Make sure to include prescription and nonprescription medications, patches, and creams .
Your breastfeed may place an intravenous ( IV ) line in one of your veins, normally in your arm or bridge player. If your nanny does not place the IV, your anesthesiologist will do it in the manoeuver board .
Meet With an Anesthesiologist
You ’ ll besides meet with an anesthesiologist before operation. They will :
- Review your medical history with you.
- Ask you if you’ve had any problems with anesthesia in the past, including nausea or pain.
- Talk with you about your comfort and safety during your surgery.
- Talk with you about the kind of anesthesia you’ll get.
- Answer your questions about your anesthesia.
Marking your surgical site
Along with asking your name and birth date, staff members may besides ask the name of your surgeon, what operating room you ’ re having, and which side is being operated on. Your surgeon or another member of the surgical team will use a marker to initial the site on your body that will be operated on. This is for your condom and to make indisputable all members of your surgical team understand the plan for your surgery .
Get Ready For Your Surgery
When it ’ mho time for your surgery, you ’ ll need to remove your eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, prosthetic devices, wig, and religious articles .
You ’ ll either walk into the operate room or a staff extremity will bring you there a capstone. A member of the operational board team will help you onto the engage bed. They ’ ll place compression boots on your lower leg. These lightly inflate and deflate to help blood flow in your legs .
once you ’ ra comfortable, your anesthesiologist will give you anesthesia through your IV line and you ’ ll fall asleep. You ’ ll besides get fluids through your IV line during and after your operation .
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Recovering After Your Surgery
This section will help you know what to expect after your surgery. You ’ ll learn how to safely recover from your operating room both in the hospital and at home .
As you read through this section, write down questions to ask your healthcare provider .
In the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or your recovery room
When you wake up after your operation, you ’ ll be in the PACU or your recovery room. A nurse will be keeping track of your torso temperature, pulse, lineage blackmail, and oxygen levels. You ’ ll be getting oxygen through a sparse tube that rests below your nose .
Your healthcare providers will ask you about your trouble frequently and give you pain medicine as motivation. You ’ ll besides get annoyance medication to take at dwelling. Talk with your healthcare provider about possible side effects and when to start switching to nonprescription annoyance medication .
Leaving the PACU or your recovery room
once you ’ re alert and your pain is under control, you can go home with your responsible concern collaborator. Before you leave, look at your incision with one of your healthcare providers. Knowing what it looks like will help you notice any changes late .
Filling out your Recovery Tracker
We want to know how you ’ re palpate after you leave the hospital. To help us continue caring for you, we ’ ll send questions to your MyMSK account every day for 10 days after you leave the hospital. These questions are known as your recovery tracker .
Fill out your recovery tracker every day before midnight ( 12 ante meridiem ). It only takes 2 to 3 minutes. Your answers to these questions will help us understand how you ’ ra feeling and what you need .
Based on your answers, we may reach out to you for more data or ask you to call your surgeon ’ south agency. You can constantly contact your surgeon ’ second office if you have any questions. For more information, read About Your convalescence Tracker .
Caring for your incision
Look at your incision every day. Call your healthcare provider if you see any inflammation or drain .
Your incision will be closed with sutures under your skin. These sutures dissolve on their own and don ’ thymine want to be removed .
If you go home with Steri-Strips™ ( surgical videotape ) or Dermabond® ( surgical glue ) on your incision, they ’ ll untie and fall or peel off on their own. If not, your healthcare provider may remove them when they see you at your follow-up appointment. If they haven ’ deoxythymidine monophosphate fallen off after 14 days, you can take them off .
New sensations (feelings) in your breast
As you ’ ra curative, you may feel a few different sensations in your breast. Tenderness, numbness, and twinges are common examples. These sensations normally come and go and will lessen over time, normally within the first few months after operation .
As you continue to heal, you may feel scratch tissue along your incision site. It will feel hard. This is coarse and will soften over the following several months .
You can shower 24 hours after your surgery. Taking a warm lavish is relaxing and can help decrease discomfort. During your exhibitor, practice soap to gently wash your incision. After your shower, pat the areas dry with a clean towel. Leave your incision uncovered unless you have drainage from your incision. If you have drainage, call your healthcare supplier.
Don ’ t take bathtub baths, swim, or use hot tubs or saunas until talking with your healthcare supplier at your first appointment after operation .
Managing your pain
People have pain or discomfort for different lengths of fourth dimension .
Follow these guidelines to help manage your pain at home .
- Take your medications as directed and as needed.
- Call your healthcare provider if the medication prescribed for you does not help your pain.
- Do not drive or drink alcohol while you’re taking prescription pain medication. Some prescription pain medications can make you drowsy (very sleepy). Alcohol can make the drowsiness worse.
- As your incision(s) heal, you’ll have less pain and need less pain medication. An over-the-counter pain reliever will help with aches and discomfort. Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) are examples of over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for stopping your prescription pain medication.
- Do not take too much of any medication. Follow the instructions on the label or from your healthcare provider.
- Read the labels on all the medications you’re taking. This is very important if you’re taking acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is an ingredient in many over-the-counter and prescription medications. Taking too much can harm your liver. Do not take more than one medication that has acetaminophen without talking with a member of your care team.
- Pain medication should help you get back to your normal activities. Take enough medication to do your activities and exercises comfortably. It’s normal for your pain to increase a little as you start to be more active.
- Keep track of when you take your pain medication. It works best 30 to 45 minutes after you take it. Taking it when you first have pain is better than waiting for the pain to get worse.
Some prescription pain medications ( such as opioids ) may cause stultification ( having fewer intestine movements than usual ) .
lecture with your healthcare supplier about how to prevent and manage stultification. You can besides follow the guidelines below .
- Go to the bathroom at the same time every day. Your body will get used to going at that time. If you feel like you need to go, though, don’t put it off.
- Try to use the bathroom 5 to 15 minutes after meals. After breakfast is a good time to go. That’s when the reflexes in your colon are strongest.
- Exercise, if you can. Walking is an excellent form of exercise.
- Drink 8 to 10 (8-ounce) glasses (2 liters) of liquids daily, if you can.
- Slowly increase the fiber in your diet to 25 to 35 grams per day. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and cereals contain fiber.
- Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to treat constipation. Check with your healthcare provider before taking any medications for constipation. Follow the instructions on the label or from your healthcare provider. Examples of over-the-counter medications for constipation include:
- Docusate sodium (Colace®). This is a stool softener (medication that makes your bowel movements softer) that causes few side effects. You can use it to help prevent constipation. Don’t take it with mineral oil.
- Polyethylene glycol (MiraLAX®). This is a laxative (medication that causes bowel movements) that causes few side effects. Take it with 8 ounces (1 cup) of a liquid. Only take it if you’re already constipated.
- Senna (Senokot®). This is a stimulant laxative, which can cause cramping. It’s best to take it at bedtime. Only take it if you’re already constipated.
If any of these medications cause diarrhea (loose, watery bowel movements), stop taking them. You can start again if needed.
If you haven ’ thymine had a intestine movement in 2 days, call your healthcare supplier .
You can start driving again arsenic long as you aren ’ thymine taking prescription pain medicine that may make you drowsy. You should besides have full compass of motion of your sleeve and be able to comfortably turn the steering steering wheel .
Your follow-up appointment will be 1 to 2 weeks after your surgery. Your healthcare supplier will talk with you about your pathology results during this appointment .
Addressing your emotional needs
After surgery for a unplayful illness, you may have new and disconcerting feelings. many people say they felt weepy, deplorable, worry, nervous, cranky, and angry at one prison term or another. You may find that you can ’ t control some of these feelings. If this happens, it ’ s a good theme to seek emotional support. Your healthcare provider can refer you to MSK ’ s Counseling Center. You can besides reach them by calling 646-888-0200 .
The first measure in coping is to talk about how you feel. Family and friends can help. Your healthcare providers can reassure, accompaniment, and lead you. It ’ s always a commodity estimate to let us know how you, your family, and your friends are feeling emotionally. many resources are available to help you and your family. Whether you ’ re in the hospital or at dwelling, we ’ re here to help you and your family and friends handle the emotional aspects of your illness .
When to call your healthcare provider
Call your healthcare supplier if :
- You have a fever above 101 °F (38.3 °C)
- You have shortness of breath
- The skin around your incision is warmer than usual
- You have more discomfort in the area
- The area around your incision is getting redder
- The area around your incision is starting to swell
- Swelling around your incision is getting worse
- There’s drainage coming from your incision
Monday through Friday from to, call your healthcare supplier ’ randomness office .
After, during the weekend, and on holidays, call 212-639-2000 and ask to speak to the person on call for your healthcare provider .
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This department has a list of support services. They may help you as you get cook for your surgery and recover after your operation .
As you read through this part, write down questions to ask your healthcare provider .
MSK Support Services
Visit the Cancer Types section of MSK ’ s web site at www.mskcc.org/types for more information .
Call if you have questions about your hospital admission, such as asking for a private room .
Call if you have questions about anesthesia .
Blood Donor Room
Call for information if you ’ rhenium interested in donating rake or platelets .
Bobst International Center
We welcome patients from around the populace and offer many services to help. If you ’ re an international patient, margin call for avail arranging your manage .
At MSK, the Caregivers Clinic provides corroborate specifically for caregivers who are having difficulty coping with the demands of being a health professional. For more information, call Dr. Allison Applebaum ’ south office at 646-888-0200 .
Many people find that counseling helps them. Our counseling center offers counseling for individuals, couples, families, and groups. We can besides prescribe medications to help if you feel anxious or depress. To make an appointment, ask your healthcare supplier for a referral or call the numeral above .
Female Sexual Medicine & Women’s Health Program
Cancer and cancer treatments can affect your sexual health, fertility, or both. Our female Sexual Medicine & Women ’ sulfur Health Program can help with sexual health problems, such as premature menopause or birthrate issues. We can help before, during, or after your discussion. Call for more information or to make an appointment .
Food Pantry Program
We give food to people in necessitate during their cancer treatment. For more information, talk with your healthcare supplier or call the numeral above .
Integrative Medicine Service
Our Integrative Medicine Service offers many services to complement ( go along with ) traditional medical care, including music therapy, mind/body therapies, dancing and motion therapy, yoga, and refer therapy. To schedule an appointment for these services, call 646-449-1010 .
You can besides schedule a reference with a healthcare provider in the Integrative Medicine Service. They will work with you to come up with a plan for creating a goodly life style and managing side effects. To make an appointment, call 646-608-8550 .
Male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Program
Cancer and cancer treatments can affect your sexual health, birthrate, or both. Our male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Program can help with intimate health problems, such as erectile dysfunction ( ED ). We can help before, during, or after your treatment. Call for more data or to make an appointment .
You can visit our library web site or call to talk with the library reference staff. They can help you find more information about a type of cancer. You can besides visit LibGuides on MSK ’ s library web site at libguides.mskcc.org
Our Nutrition Service offers nutritional rede with one of our clinical dietician nutritionists. Your clinical dietician dietician will talk with you about your eating habits. They can besides give advice on what to eat during and after discussion. To make an appointment, ask a member of your care team for a referral or call the number above .
Patient and Caregiver Education
Visit our Patient and Caregiver Education web site to search for educational resources, videos, and on-line programs .
Patient and Caregiver Peer Support Program
It can be comforting to talk with person who has been through a treatment like yours. You can talk with a former MSK affected role or caregiver through our Patient and Caregiver Peer Support Program. Your conversations are individual. They can be in person or over the earphone .
Call if you have questions about preauthorization with your indemnity company. This is besides called preapproval .
Patient Representative Office
Call if you have questions about the Health Care Proxy form or concerns about your care .
Perioperative Nurse Liaison
Call if you have questions about MSK releasing any information while you ’ re having surgery .
Private Duty Nurses and Companions
You can request individual nurses or companions to care for you in the hospital and at home. Call for more data .
Resources for Life After Cancer (RLAC) Program
At MSK, care does not end after your discussion. The RLAC Program is for patients and their families who have finished discussion .
This program has many services. We offer seminars, workshops, patronize groups, and counseling on liveliness after treatment. We can besides help with policy and employment issues .
Social workers help patients, families, and friends cover with common issues for people who have cancer. They provide individual rede and accompaniment groups throughout your discussion. They can help you communicate with children and other kin members .
Our social workers can besides help refer you to community agencies and programs. They besides have information about as fiscal resources, if you ’ re having trouble paying your bills .
Our chaplains ( spiritual counselors ) are available to listen, help support family members, and beg. They can contact community clergy or faith groups, or just be a comfort companion and a spiritual bearing. Anyone can ask for spiritual support. You do not have to have a religious affiliation ( connection to a religion ) .
MSK ’ second interfaith chapel service is located near Memorial Hospital ’ s chief anteroom. It ’ randomness candid 24 hours a day. If you have an emergency, call 212-639-2000. Ask for the chaplain on call .
Tobacco Treatment Program
If you want to quit smoke, the specialists in our Tobacco Treatment Program can help. Call for information .
Our virtual Programs put up on-line education and support for patients and caregivers. These are live sessions where you can talk or merely listen. You can learn about your diagnosis, what to expect during treatment, and how to prepare for your cancer care .
Sessions are private, free, and led by experts. Visit our web site for more information about virtual Programs or to register .
External support services
In New York City, the MTA offers a shared ride, door-to-door service for people with disabilities who can ’ t take the public bus or underpass .
Air Charity Network
Provides travel to discussion centers .
American Cancer Society (ACS)
800-ACS-2345 ( 800-227-2345 )
Offers a diverseness of information and services, including Hope Lodge, a free place for patients and caregivers to stay during cancer treatment .
Cancer and Careers
A resource for department of education, tools, and events for employees with cancer .
275 Seventh Avenue ( Between West 25th & 26th Streets )
New York, NY 10001
Provides rede, defend groups, educational workshops, publications, and fiscal aid .
Cancer Support Community
Provides support and education to people affected by cancer .
Caregiver Action Network
Provides department of education and support for people who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability .
Corporate Angel Network
Offers free travel to treatment across the area using empty seats on corporate jets .
A place where men, women, and children living with cancer find social and emotional confirm through network, workshops, lectures, and social activities .
Offers fiscal aid to pay for copayments during treatment. Patients must have medical policy, meet the income criteria, and be prescribed medicine that ’ s part of the Good Days formulary .
Provides fiscal aid to cover copayments, health care premiums, and deductibles for certain medications and therapies .
Provides a list of places to stay near treatment centers for people with cancer and their families .
LGBT Cancer Project
hypertext transfer protocol : //lgbtcancer.com/
Provides corroborate and advocacy for the LGBT community, including on-line confirm groups and a database of LGBT-friendly clinical trials .
Provides generative information and digest to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments have risks associated with sterility .
Look Good Feel Better Program
800-395-LOOK ( 800-395-5665 )
This program offers workshops to learn things you can do to help you feel better about your appearance. For more information or to sign up for a workshop, call the number above or visit the program ’ s web site .
National Cancer Institute
800-4-CANCER ( 800-422-6237 )
National Cancer Legal Services Network
Free cancer legal advocacy program .
National LGBT Cancer Network
Provides education, education, and advocacy for LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk .
Lists Patient Assistance Programs for brand and generic diagnose medications .
Provides prescription drug benefits to eligible employees and retirees of populace sector employers in New York State .
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get exempt or low-cost medications .
Patient Access Network Foundation
Provides aid with copayments for patients with insurance .
Patient Advocate Foundation
Provides access to care, fiscal aid, indemnity aid, occupation memory aid, and entree to the national underinsured resource directory .
Provides aid to help people get medications that they have trouble afford .
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This incision has the educational resources mentioned in this guide. They will help you get ready for your operation and recover after your operating room .
As you read through these resources, write down questions to ask your healthcare provider .
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