University of California San Francisco | About UCSF | UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco
Search Site | Find a Doctor

Urologic Cancer
Appointment Information

To make an appointment at the Prostate Cancer Center or Urologic Surgery and Oncology Clinic, call (415) 353-7171 or request an appointment online.

If your insurance plan requires, you may need a referral from your primary care doctor or specialist to make your first appointment.

After scheduling an appointment, complete the physician contact information form, to provide information about other doctors treating you, and bring the form with you to the clinic.

If you have any questions regarding the form, please contact the clinic.

Your First Appointment

We recommend that you bring a family member or friend to your first appointment. We make every effort to see you as close to your scheduled appointment time as possible but there may be delays beyond our control. Please plan on spending two to three hours at your first appointment.

The review of your medical records is an important part of your evaluation. Please bring your records to your appointment, unless you're asked to fax or express mail them in advance.

Please provide the following with your medical records, which we need to receive at least one day before your appointment:

  • Copies of all records relevant to your medical condition, including medical records from doctors who referred you. This may include records from your primary care doctor, oncologist or surgeon.
  • Pathology reports of any biopsies or tests. If you are seeing a surgeon, please bring glass pathology slides.
  • X-rays, magnetic resonance images (MRIs) or any other films that relate to your medical condition and written reports that accompany those films.
  • Copies of your insurance cards.
  • A list of all your doctors including their mailing addresses, telephone and fax numbers.

Please contact your insurance company before your appointment to obtain approval, called "prior authorization," for your visit. If you don't obtain the necessary authorization, you may be responsible for charges associated with your care.

Insurance Information

Before your appointment, please review your insurance benefits. Call your insurance company, review the insurance information provided by your insurance carrier or contact your employer's benefits representative. Each insurance plan has rules that must be followed to receive full benefits. If your insurance plan requires prior authorization to see a specialist, please fax referrals and authorizations prior to your appointment.

Social Work Services

Social workers are available to meet with you and your family to discuss financial issues, such as short- or long-term disability income, insurance coverage and special programs that assist people with cancer; support groups and referrals to a psychologist or chaplain; family issues such as care giving and talking to children about cancer; lodging; and transportation.

To contact a social worker, call the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693 and ask for the social worker assigned to your doctor.

Related Information

UCSF Clinics & Centers

Prostate Cancer Center
1600 Divisadero St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7171
Fax: (415) 353-7093

Urologic Surgery and Oncology
1600 Divisadero St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7171
Fax: (415) 353-7093

Ida Friend Infusion Center
1600 Divisadero St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-7155
Fax: (415) 353-7089

Radiation Oncology