Support groups at UCSF Medical Center help patients and their families cope with disease and treatment and learn from the experiences of others. Here's a listing of support groups available to our patients. Some are open to the general public.
The Peer Support Program offers cancer patients the opportunity to speak with survivors or with veteran patients who have already "been there." This is a free, on-the-phone service. All cancer patients are welcome regardless of where the care is received. Patients are matched with peer support volunteers according to criteria such as diagnosis, stage, age, gender or by preference of the person seeking support.
For breast and prostate cancer patients, the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center also offers Online Peer Support, where patients can submit a question online and connect with a volunteer.
See our online bookstore for a sampling of books written and recommended by our doctors, nurses and other health care staff.
See our library of patient education on topics ranging from arrhythmia to weight-loss surgery.