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. We recognize that a cancer diagnosis and treatment can impact all aspects of a person's life, from family and social relationships to work and finances.
Social workers assess each person's individual needs and provide appropriate support. This may include short-term counseling, advocacy and linkage to community resources. Social workers also provide information and education about insurance, advance directives, palliative care, hospice, family leave and disability benefits, lodging, transportation and cancer-related support programs available at UCSF and in the community.
Our oncology social workers are available to consult with patients at every stage of care. If you would like to speak to a social worker, please inform a member of your UCSF health care team. You can also call the Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693 and ask the receptionist to page the social worker assigned to your clinic.
Phone: (415) 885-3693
Fax: (415) 885-3701
Email: CancerResourceCenter@ ucsfmedctr.org
Hours: Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.