University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Survivorship Wellness Resources

Supportive Care Services at UCSF

  • Cancer Center Guidebook
    Provides information about the many programs at UCSF that support patients and their care givers during cancer treatment and care. 
  • The UCSF Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center (phone: 415-885-3693)
    Features a multimedia lending library, specialized support and resource databases, navigation assistance, wellness classes, support groups, and frequent special events.
  • Psycho-Oncology (phone: 415-353-7019)
    Psychologists and psychiatrists work closely with Cancer Center providers to identify and address cancer-related challenges through individual appointments and group programs.
  • Cancer Center Social Work (phone: 415-885-3693) 
    Specially trained in cancer care, oncology social workers are dedicated to helping patients and families manage the many challenges of living with cancer.
  • Nutrition Counseling (phone: 415-885-3693) 
    Specializing in nutrition for people with cancer, dietitians offer nutrition guidelines for specific cancers, supportive nutrition during treatment, and guidance for optimizing healthy eating patterns after treatment.
  • Exercise Counseling (phone: 415-514-6430)
    One-on-one, one-hour long exercise consultations with experienced and certified cancer exercise trainers are available free to all UCSF cancer patients.
  • Patient Health Library (phone: 415-885-7285, email: patientlibrary@ucsf.edu)
    A comprehensive health information resource center within the Fishbon Library at the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. 
  • Patient Support Corps (phone: 415-353-8400, email: patientsupportcorps@ucsf.edu)
    Resources to assist with questions about medical decision making and strategies to interact more effectively with your healthcare team.
  • Symptom Management Service (SMS) (phone: 415-885-7671)
    This team of palliative care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists provides treatment and counseling for physical and emotional symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment.
  • Spiritual Care Services (email: SCS@ucsf.edu)
    Interfaith chaplains are available to meet the needs of patients and loved ones interested in exploring spirituality as a resource for coping and well-being.

Practical Resources offered by Community and State Organizations

Insurance

  • Covered California (phone: 1-800-300-1506)
    Covered California is California’s health insurance exchange where individuals, families and small businesses can find affordable, quality health insurance.
  • Medi-Cal
    Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program which provides needed health care services for low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low income people with specific diseases such as tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDS.
  • HiCap – California Health Advocates
    This organization helps people with Medicare understand their health insurance benefits, options and rights. They offer free, unbiased, one-on-one assistance from health insurance counselors registered by the California Department of Aging.
  • Disability 101
    Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment.
  • Social Security Administration
    This website explains the resources available for people with disability and an online application.
  • UCSF Billing and Patient Financial Services
    This webpage provides information and links about billing, insurance and patient financial counseling.
  • In Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
    The IHSS program is a federal, state, and locally funded program designed to provide assistance to those eligible aged, blind, and disabled individuals who, without this care, would be unable to remain safely in their own homes. To be eligible for IHSS, you must be on Medi-Cal, be blind, disabled, or 65 years of age or older, AND be unable to live at home safely without help.

Work/School

  • Legal Aid Society- Employment Law Center (phone: 415-593-0091)
    Non-profit legal services organization assisting low income working families. Provides information and consultation regarding employment and disability rights. Information and fact sheets available online to anyone.

Financial and/or Housing During Care

  • CancerCare
    Provides telephone, online and face-to-face counseling, support groups, education, publications, financial and co-payment assistance.
  • Lodging 
    Lists hotels and short term lodging near UCSF.
  • American Cancer Society
    Provides cancer information, support, resources, local ride assistance, lodging assistance.

Transportation