The Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at Mount Zion supports wellness and healing by providing patients, families, caregivers and others with information about cancer treatments, emotional support and community resources.
The center maintains a library of books and other media; provides access to the Web and health databases; and offers personalized research assistance.
The center — which is part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center — hosts activities such as support groups, exercise classes and workshops and directs people to other community resources.
Its library offers comfortable areas to read or view DVDs, sip tea and relax. Library materials are available on loan.
Staff members and volunteers help visitors research cancer-related topics and find information online and in print. The center provides a computer for patients and families to browse the Web and health-related databases. The center offers a wide range of services to help patients and others cope with cancer.
All cancer patients and their family members and friends can attend the Patient and Caregiver Orientation to prepare for getting care at UCSF. The orientation includes an overview of Cancer Center services, tips for navigating the UCSF system, resources including a personal health manager "kit," and a tour of the cancer center.
The one-hour orientation is held twice a month on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
To register, call the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693.
Next Steps is the medical appointment planning program that helps cancer patients communicate more effectively with their doctors. In this free program, trained volunteers help patients map out their questions and concerns in a template, called a Consultation Plan, that patients take to their doctors' appointments. The plan can help ensure that concerns and questions are addressed during appointments, and can alleviate some of the confusion and anxiety that patients feel when making decisions about cancer treatment.
The center also helps patients with:
Special events for patients, family members and health care professionals also are hosted. Look for classes and other events in our quarterly calendar or search for classes in the UCSF online calendar.
Ongoing classes include:
All resource center programs are free.
Contributions to the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center can be earmarked to several Cancer Resource Center programs. Donations can be made online or by postal mail.
To make a donation online, please use our form. (The Cancer Resource Center will be selected on the list of gift designations.)
To donate by mail, send a check payable to "UCSF Foundation / CRC" to:
Cancer Resource Center
P.O. Box 45339
San Francisco, CA 94145-0339
You may also call toll free at (877) 499-UCSF or (877) 499-8273 to get more information, or to give with a credit card by phone.
The Cancer Resource Center maintains a 1,500-title library that is supported by donations and grants. Every effort is made to ensure materials are current and relevant. To donate a book:
See information about our cancer clinics.
Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center
1600 Divisadero St., First Floor, Room B-101
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 885-3693
Fax: (415) 885-3701
Hours: Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.