University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Support Groups

Sponsored or facilitated by the Cancer Resource Center, support groups foster a sense of community among people affected by cancer. The CRC offers a wide range of such groups, listed below. Some groups require preregistration, so it is important to call before your first meeting.

For general cancer support, or to identify groups for diseases or affiliations not listed here, please contact the CRC at (415) 885-3693 or by email.

For support groups outside UCSF, download this helpful resource guide.

Cancer Supportive Care – Important Coronavirus Update
Prior to attending any group, please confirm event details (Zoom, in person, etc) with either the Patient and Family Cancer Support Center at 415.885.3693 or the event organizer.

Groups for Cancer Types

All Cancer—All Stages
Wednesdays, 5:20-6:50 pm.
1545 Divisadero Street. Call for specific room information.
Patients only.
Contact: (415) 353-9745

Advanced Breast Cancer
A support group for those diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer.
1st Tuesday of the month, 5:00-6:30 pm (Mount Zion Campus)
3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00-2:30 pm (Mount Zion Campus)
Contact: (415) 476-3315

Bladder Cancer
Educational & Support Group
1st Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:00 pm
550 16th St, Mission Hall
Contact: (415) 514-1962

Blood Cancer (Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Hodgkin’s Disease)
2nd Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Family and Friends welcome. 
Contact: (415) 353-2965

Brain Tumor
1st Wednesday of the month (skips December), 6:00-6:30 pm (light dinner), 6:30-8:00 pm (meeting)
400 Parnassus, Room A-888
Contact: (415) 990-4461 or (415) 661-1442

Colo-Rectal Cancer
Open to patients and their partners.
2nd and 4th Mondays 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Vittorio Comelli, PsyD, (415) 476-0468, ext. 1

Gynecological Cancer
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Bakar Cancer Hospital, 1855 4th Street, Conference Room C (1st floor)
Drop-in format.
Contact: (415) 514-1962

Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Support Group
2nd Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30 pm
1600 Divisadero, Room H3906
Please call for more information.
Contact: (415) 885-7789

Meetings: Quarterly
Contact: (415) 353-2361

Neuroendocrine Tumor Education & Support
Open to patients and their partners/caregivers.
1st Wednesdays (odd months), 12:00 – 2:00 pm
550 16th Street, Room 2100
Contact: (415) 353-7632

Prostate Cancer
Open to patients, wives, partners, family members, friends, and caregivers.
1st  Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm
1600 Divisadero Street
Contact: (415) 514-1707

Prostate Cancer Support for Gay Men
1st & 3rd Mondays, 6:00-7:30 pm
Open to gay men and their partners.
Contact: Vittorio Comelli, PsyD, (415) 476-0468, ext. 1

Groups for Caregivers

Family & Friends
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 5:30–7:00 pm
Gateway Building, 1825 4th Street, Room M1230, Lobby
Drop-in format.
Contact: (415) 514-1707

Husbands & Significant Others
1600 Divisadero St., First Floor
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
Contact: (415) 514-6338
Co-sponsored by the Alan and Nancy Baer Foundation.

Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program
For more information, please visit the Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Program website or call (415) 514-5674.

Other Languages and Heritage
Please call the Resource Center to find out about Bay Area support groups held in Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin, as well as for women of African-American heritage.

Our support groups are made possible in part by a generous donation from the Donna Smith Fund. Donna fought cancer with an indomitable spirit and left a legacy of encouraging family and patients involvement and participation with their own diagnosis.

Other Support Groups

Individual & Couple’s Counseling
For referrals, call the Cancer Resource Center, (415) 885-3693.

Psycho-oncology Services
A psychologist and a psychiatrist are on staff for individual consultation for UCSF Cancer Center patients and their families to assist with coping, pain and other symptoms, insomnia, mood disorders and more.
  Contact your UCSF practice.

Spiritual Counseling and Guidance
Chaplains available to provide spiritual counseling and to assist in coping with bereavement.
Contact: (415) 885-7785

Additional Support Organizations in the Community