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.
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
For 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
3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00-2:30 pm
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
Contact: (415) 476-3315

Bladder Cancer
Educational & Support Group
1st Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:00 pm
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
Contact: (415) 514-1707

Blood Cancer (Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Hodgkin’s Disease)
2nd Tuesday, 3:00–4:30 pm
Family and Friends welcome.
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
Contact: (415) 502-6478

Brain Tumor
1st Wednesday of the month (skips December), 6:30-8:00 pm
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
Contact: (415) 990-4461 or (415) 661-1442

Colo-Rectal Cancer
Open to patients and their partners.
2nd and 4th Mondays 6:00-7:30 pm
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
Contact: Vittorio Comelli, PsyD, (415) 476-0468, ext. 1

Gynecological Cancer
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 4:30–6:30 pm
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
Contact: (415) 514-1962

Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Support Group
2nd Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30 pm
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability.
Contact: (415) 885-7789

Meningioma
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
Contact: (415) 353-7632

Prostate Cancer
Open to patients, wives, partners, family members, friends, and caregivers.
2nd Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
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.

Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
Contact: Vittorio Comelli, PsyD, (415) 476-0468, ext. 1


Groups for Caregivers

 

Family & Friends
2nd Wednesday of the month, 5:30–7:00 pm
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
Contact: (415) 353-9874

Husbands & Significant Others
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
Telehealth Format. Call for information and availability
Contact: (415) 514-6338

Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program
For more information, please visit 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.

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

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 patient involvement and participation with their own diagnosis.