University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Support Services

Cancer Supportive Care – Important Notes 3/27/20

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The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center provides 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.

For a full list of services and support offered to cancer patients and caregivers, download the brochure of cancer supportive care services at UCSF.

New Patient Guidebook and Orientation

Cancer Center Guidebook UCSF Cancer Center New Patient Orientation Our New Patient Guidebook and Online Patient Orientation are a great introduction to the many resources and services available during the patient journey.


The Patient and Family Cancer Support Center

Supports wellness and the healing process by providing patients, families, and others with information and treatment options, emotional support, and community resources. The Patient and Family Cancer Support 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.



Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute

Specifically designed for patients who have completed their initial therapy for cancer, the 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. 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 who provide treatment and counseling for both physical and emotional symptoms caused as a result of cancer.


Established in 2007 and staffed by an interdisciplinary team of Psychologists and Psychiatrists, the team 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 our health care team.  Specially trained in cancer care, our social workers 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 by providing education, information, access to disease and caregiver resources, and referral to professional counseling and peer support groups.


Nutrition Counseling and Workshops

Meet individually with an oncology dietician to address a wide range of eating and nutritional issues related to cancer or its treatment. Available to UCSF cancer patients. Please contact your oncologist’s office for referral and scheduling.

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.