University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

About the Symptom Management Service

SMS Team 2017

The Symptom Management Service offers consultations to improve the quality of life and care for patients at UCSF’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The service provides treatment and counseling for physical and emotional symptoms of cancer. Assistance includes help with pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, advanced-care planning and spiritual issues. Treatments integrate medical, psychological, social work and spiritual approaches, which are offered along with regular cancer care. Care is coordinated with cancer treatments and with the support of patients’ doctors.

The service does not have after-hours or on-call availability, but works directly with oncologists for these needs. Doctors are kept abreast of medication and symptom-management needs. Patients who become hospitalized should notify the service for assistance.

Palliative Care for Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC)

Contact Us By Phone

Call 415-885-SMS1 (415-885-7671)
Monday-Friday coverage only, 8:00am – 4:30pm, except holidays

  • Option 1: Medication refills
  • Option 2: Clinical Questions
  • Option 3: Scheduling/Administrative Questions
  • Option 4: Advanced Breast Cancer
  • Fax: 415-353-9522


1600 Divisadero St., 2nd, 3rd, 4th Floors
1701 Divisadero Street, 5th Floor (Mount Zion General Medicine Clinic)
1825 4th St., 4th Floor

Materials for Download

SMS Patient Orientation Sheet

UCSF Care at Home
Home-­Based Palliative Medicine Consultations Provider Information Sheet

Notes Project brochure