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.


Groups for Cancer Types

Bladder Cancer
Educational & Support Group
1st Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:00 pm
550 16th St, Mission Hall, room 1406
Call Jill Meyers, MSW, at (415) 353-7982.

Brain Tumor
1st Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
513 Parnassus, Room S-170
Contact Mary Lovely, RN, PhD: (415)990-4461
Sharon Lamb, RN: (415) 661-1442
Margaretta Page, RN, MS: (415)  353-7500

Breast Cancer
A support group for those diagnosed with breast cancer and in beginning or middle stages of treatment.
1st Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm
1600 Divisadero Street, Room H3906 (3rd Floor)
Call Lauren Brown, MSW, at (415) 353-9874

Colo-Rectal Cancer
2nd and 4th Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Contact Vittorio Comelli, PsyD, (415) 637-2895.

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

Gynecological Cancer
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Bakar Cancer Hospital, 1855 4th Street, Conference Room D (1st floor)
Drop-in format. Call (415) 353-7982.

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Hodgkin’s Disease (Outpatient)
2nd Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Family and Friends welcome. 
Contact Julie Paster, MSW, (415) 353-2423.

Lung Cancer
2nd Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
1600 Divisadero, Room H3906
Drop-in format. Contact Leah Hellerstein, MSW: (415) 885-7789.

Meningioma
Meetings: Quarterly
Contact: Jennifer Viner, nurse practitioner (415) 353-2361.

Prostate Cancer
Open to patients, wives, partners, family members, friends, and caregivers.
1st  Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 pm
1600 Divisadero Street, Room H3906 (3rd Floor)
Call John E. Nidecker at (707) 537-6785

Prostate Cancer Support for Gay Men
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm
Contact Vittorio Comelli, PsyD, (415) 637-2895.
Open to gay men and their partners.

Young Adults with Cancer
1st & 3rd Mondays, 6:30-8:15 pm
Contact Keren Stronach, MPH, (510) 540-5147
Co-sponsored by the Alan and Nancy Baer Foundation.


Groups for Caregivers

Family & Friends
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 5:30–7:00 pm
1600 Divisadero, 3rd Floor, Room H3906
Drop-in format. Contact Leah Hellerstein, MSW: (415) 885-7789.

Husbands & Significant Others
1600 Divisadero St., First Floor
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
Contact Jim Murdoch: (415) 885-7225
Co-sponsored by the Alan and Nancy Baer Foundation.

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.


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