University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

About the Symptom Management Service

SMS Team 2017

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

The SMS provides treatment and counseling for physical and emotional symptoms of cancer, to help people live as well as possible. 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’ oncology team.

SMS Programs

  • General SMS - for any patient with cancer
  • Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC) - for patients with metastatic breast cancer
  • SMS in Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) - for patients with hematologic malignancies
  • Geri-Pall - for older patients with lung cancer

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: ABC Clinic patients
  • Option 3: Scheduling/Administrative Questions
  • Option 4: Non-urgent nursing calls
  • Fax: 415-353-9522


Mission Bay: 1825 4th St., 4th Floor
Mount Zion:  1600 Divisadero St., 2nd, 3rd, 4th Floors
Parnassus: 400 Parnassus Ave., 4th Floor

Materials for Download

SMS Patient Orientation Sheet

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