Support Services Overview

Cancer Support ServicesWe provide a wide range of support services and education resources to help patients and their families manage a cancer diagnosis and become active participants in the healing process. Download a brochure of cancer supportive care services at UCSF.


The Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center

Supports wellness and the healing process by providing patients, families, and others with information and treatment options, emotional support, and community resources. In addition to access to information resources, the Cancer Resource Center hosts a variety of free support groups, exercise classes, and workshops.

art for recovery

Art for Recovery

An award-winning program, in which individuals coping with life-threatening illness are given an opportunity to express their feelings and experiences through art workshops, visits at the bedside, and individual attention.

Sample ongoing projects include: Patient-Created Artwork, The Firefly Project, Breast Cancer Quilts, Healing Through Writing and more.


The Cancer Survivorship Program

Specifically designed for patients who have completed their initial therapy for cancer. Following treatment for cancer, patients find that they need support that is different from their needs while in active treatment.

This program has been designed to enable patients to focus on their path to wellness by providing guidelines clinical care and resources for improving their general health and well being.


The Symptom Management Service (SMS)

A consultation service offered to improve the quality of life and care of patients at UCSF's Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Patients can be referred to the SMS by their cancer doctor. Patients will be seen by one or more of the members of the SMS interdisciplinary team.

The SMS provides treatment and counseling for both physical and emotional symptoms caused as a result of cancer.


UCSF Psycho-Oncology at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center was established in 2007 and is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of Psychologists and Psychiatrists. The Psycho-Oncology team includes Laura Dunn, MD, psychiatrist and Director of Psycho-Oncology, Dianne Shumay PhD, clinical psychologist and Jamie Ratner, PsyD, clinical psychologist, Patty Moran, PhD, clinical psychologist, and Missy Buchanan, practice assistant.  

Psycho-Oncology supports Cancer Center providers in identifying and addressing psychosocial distress in our patients and families affected by cancer. Much of this is through direct service provision to patients and family members with our growing and expanding capacity.

Social Work

Oncology social workers are an integral part of the health care team at the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Specially trained in cancer care, they are dedicated to helping patients and families navigate the health care system, and manage the many challenges of living with cancer.

Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program

Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program

The UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program is designed for all families and caregivers of adult UCSF patients undergoing care for primary brain tumor. The program supports the caregiver throughout the treatment of the patient's disease by providing education, information, access to disease and caregiver resources, and referral to professional counseling and peer support groups.

Friend to Friend

Friend to Friend

Operated by the Hospital Auxiliary of the UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center, carries wigs, scarves, prostheses, and other items.

Friend to Friend is located at 1600 Divisadero Street, 1st floor, 415.353.7776.