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Prostate Cancer Patient Services

Prostate Cancer Nutrition Counseling

Nutriton counseling with a registered dietitian is available to prostate cancer patients through the Prostate Cancer Nutrition Counseling service. The service addresses the following topics:

  • General nutrition guidelines
  • Nutrition guidelines for prostate cancer
  • Nutrition guidelines during radiation or chemotherapy treatment
  • Coping with nausea and appetite problems
  • Difficulty with swallowing and eating
  • Problems with constipation or diarrhea
  • Food safety during cancer treatment
  • Supplements

Appointments are scheduled Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are held in the Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center, at:

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
1600 Divisadero St.
First Floor, Room B-101
San Francisco, CA 94143-1692

To schedule an appointment, contact the UCSF Medical Center cllinic where you are being seen.

Nutrition and Prostate Cancer Presentations

Learn about the latest research and how to better meet your nutritional needs during a presentation by registered dietitians, Natalie Ledesma or Sarah O'Brien.

Presentations are held monthly, from 4 – 6 p.m. at:

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
1600 Divisadero St.
Third Floor Conference Room
San Francisco, CA 94143-1692

For more information or to RSVP for the presentation, call the Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693 or email CancerResourceCenter@ucsfmedctr.org.

Peer Support Program

The Peer Support Program offers prostate cancer patients the opportunity to speak with veteran patients, others who have already "been there." The goals of the program are to match cancer patients to veteran patients in order to:

  • Provide individual support
  • Reduce feelings of isolation, anxiety and fear
  • Assist in the development of coping skills
  • Help navigate the health care experience
  • Increase a sense of hope in dealing with cancer

If you would like to speak to a peer or become a volunteer yourself, please call the Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693.

Prostate Cancer Information Courses

We offer free classes for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. The presentations educate and inform patients before their appointment with a urologist. Caregivers and significant others are also encouraged to attend.

Presenters include prostate cancer nurses, cancer survivors, dietitians and cancer support group facilitators, who will help answer the following questions:

  • What is prostate cancer?
  • How do I know what stage of cancer I have?
  • What are my treatment options and their side effects?
  • What resources are available at UCSF and how can they help me?

Registration is required; the course is cancelled when an insufficient number of patients plan to attend. If you would like dates and locations of the courses, or if you are interested in attending, please email Nannette Perez, nurse practitioner, at nannette.perez@ucsfmedctr.org or call her at (415) 353-7171.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

We offer a prostate cancer support group for patients to share information about their condition, medical treatments and coping with side effects. The group is facilitated by psychologist Vittorio Comelli.

Support groups take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at:

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
1600 Divisadero St.
First Floor, Room B-101
San Francisco, CA 94143-1692

For more information, call the Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693.

Gay Men's Prostate Cancer Support Group

We offer a support group for gay men with prostate cancer, to share information about the condition, medical treatments and coping with side effects. The group is facilitated by psychologist Vittorio Comelli.

Support groups take place the first and third Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at:

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
1600 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94143-1692

For more information and to register, please call the Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693.

Gay/Lesbian Caregivers' Support Group

We offer a support group for gay partners and caregivers of people living with cancer.

Support groups take place the first and third Thursday of the month from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at:

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
1600 Divisadero St,
San Francisco, CA 94143-1692

To register or to receive more information, contact social worker Michele Francis at (415) 353-7982.