About Psycho-Oncology

New study:  Family-Focused Therapy for Cancer Surviors Study
Are you a Cancer Survivor?
Did you know that cancer-related distress not only affects cancer patients but also their family?
You may be eligible to participate in our research study at UCSF.

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Psycho-Oncology at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center includes psychologists and psychiatrists who care deeply about the emotional needs of patients and their families as they cope with cancer and treatment.

"Getting to know each of my patients is a privilege. I strive to provide the highest quality care to every patient.

I also work to collaborate with the rest of  our Psycho-Oncology team and the patient's treating team to ensure that we are doing whatever we can to help every patient successfully navigate their cancer journey."

-Dr. Laura Dunn

The team works closely with Cancer Center providers to identify and address challenges with adjusting to the illness; the stresses of medical treatment; emotional needs; relationships and caregiving; coping with pain, insomnia and other symptoms; and much more. Providers use behavioral approaches and medication to help individuals who are facing cancer and treatment, and life beyond. The clinical service is open to individuals being treated at UCSF and their family members. We collaborate with other supportive care programs, such as the Cancer Resource Center, social work, Spiritual Care Services and the Symptom Management Service, to provide the best possible care for our patients and their families.

An important mission of Psycho-Oncology at UCSF is to raise the standard of psychosocial care across the Cancer Center through educational activities and research.

VIDEO: From 2011-2012 Psycho Oncology Speakers Series:
"Critical Decisions: Promoting Shared Decision Making between Doctors and Patients"
Dr. Peter Ubel, MD, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

view other Psycho-Oncology Speakers Series videos

Contact Us

Monday-Friday (except holidays)
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please use this number if you need to leave a message for a member of Psycho-Oncology, or if you need to reschedule an appointment.

UCSF Psycho-Oncology presents:
Stress Management Skills Group for UCSF Cancer Patients and Survivors

Stress Management Skills GroupWho:  Open to UCSF cancer patients and survivors seeking additional assistance with distress, coping, or adjustment related to cancer

What:  A new 6-week group treatment. Individuals will learn proven coping strategies and stress management skills to:
  • Ease emotional distress
  • Manage fatigue, pain, and insomnia
  • Build self-care skills
  • Strengthen relationships
When: 1 session per week for 6 consecutive weeks; day and time TBD To be notified of the next group, please email.

Where:  UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at Mt. Zion

  • Participants sign up for entire 6-week course
  • Fees may apply; Insurance accepted
  • Interested individuals are screened prior to group participation
Interested? Contact Psycho-Oncology at (415) 353-7019.