University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

About the Symptom Management Service

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.

SMS Team


Physician Aid in Dying Gains Acceptance in the U.S. Jan 16, 2017  New York Times 

One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die

Jan 3, 2017

New York Times Magazine

How B.J. Miller, a doctor and triple amputee, used his own experience to pioneer a new model of palliative care at a small, quirky hospice in San Francisco.

In Palliative Care, Comfort Is the Top Priority

Feb 2016
New York Times

Dr. Michael Rabow and the SMS were featured in a New York Times article about outpatient palliative care.

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.

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.

Contact Us By Phone

Monday-Friday coverage only, 8:00am – 4:30pm, except holidays

Call 415-885-SMS1 (415-885-7671)

  • 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