Clinical Supportive Services

At NYU Langone’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, our supportive services program provides emotional and practical support services to enhance the quality of life for people living with cancer. Support services are also available to family members, loved ones, and caregivers.

Several staff members are bilingual, and interpreter services are available.

Oncologist Dr. Anna Kurzyna-Solinas with Patient

Psycho-Oncology

The medical director of the supportive services program is a trained psychiatrist who works with other physicians and clinical professionals to provide support for patients and loved ones experiencing emotional distress, including depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. 

Services include:

  • psychiatric evaluations and follow-up referrals
  • medication management
  • crisis intervention
  • psychopharmacological treatment
  • individual psychiatric counseling for patients living with cancer, their families, and caregivers
  • patient education seminars and workshops
  • pain management and palliative care
  • consultations with physicians and clinical staff
  • coordination with inpatient services

Nutrition Education

Registered oncology dietitians work directly with patients in the following areas:

  • cancer nutrition education, workshops, and counseling
  • lectures, newsletters, and demonstrations
  • specialized nutrition program management
  • therapeutic diets
  • medical nutrition therapy, known as total parenteral (intravenous) nutrition
  • nutrition assessment and recommendations
  • nutrition tips for caregivers
  • healthy living guidelines

Physical Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation services, including physical therapy and lymphedema therapy to manage limb swelling in people with breast cancer, are offered at the Perlmutter Cancer Center by NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation staff.

Evaluations by Rusk Rehabilitation’s professional staff are held by appointment each Friday. Patients interested in lymphedema clinical services should speak with their doctor or nurse.

Genetic Counseling and Screening

Genetic counseling services at Perlmutter Cancer Center are available to patients with a personal and family history of cancer who wish to discuss risk factors, family history, and the possibility of genetic testing.