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Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute

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The UCSF Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute provides personalized, holistic care with the aim of improving quality of life for patients who have completed their cancer treatment. We are part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is revolutionizing cancer care through use of state-of-the-art technologies; pioneering treatments, such as precision medicine and immunotherapy; and other innovations.

Thanks to better treatments as well as methods that allow earlier detection, we're seeing more people survive cancer than ever before. The Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute brings together patient care, research and specialized support services to treat the unique needs of adult cancer survivors.

When you become part of our program, the institute's providers will work closely with your oncologist, as well as a wide range of specialists, to ensure that you receive comprehensive care tailored to your physical and emotional needs.

As a patient in our program, you receive:

  • One-on-one treatment sessions. These are with a nurse practitioner or physician assistant who specializes in survivorship.
  • Individualized care. We develop a plan based on your overall health, your needs, the type and stage of your cancer, the treatments you had, and national guidelines.
  • Symptom management. We address long-term and late effects of treatment, such as pain, fatigue and neuropathy. If needed, we'll refer you to the appropriate specialists.
  • Post-treatment support. The end of active treatment often leaves people with mixed emotions. You may feel alone or unprepared for what comes next. We understand, and we'll answer your questions and help you with the complicated feelings that can arise during this time.
  • A community that knows what you're going through. You have access to our yearly retreats, ongoing seminars and eight-week survival wellness program. These provide education, support and opportunities to connect with other adult survivors. Find more information below.

As part of UCSF, one of the world's leading biomedical research institutions, the Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute is engaged in studies aimed at revealing patients' real-life needs and experiences. We may ask you to participate in research that can help us improve care for survivors.

We know that cancer changes lives. Our mission is to comprehend and address the effects of cancer, thereby empowering survivors to transition from active treatment to active living.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible for this program?

    The Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute is open to adult patients who have completed their active treatment at UCSF. Please speak to your primary oncologist or call us at (415) 514-2880.

  • What happens at a typical visit?

    At your first visit, a provider will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, assess any symptoms you're experiencing as a result of your cancer or treatment, screen for new cancers, and start developing a care plan. Later visits vary. Depending on the issues you're dealing with, your provider may:

    • Offer recommendations for managing side effects
    • Monitor you for recurrence
    • Provide helpful resources
    • Provide care coordination between your oncologist and primary care provider
    • Explain follow-up care, including labs, imaging and procedures
    • Recommend lifestyle changes that can improve overall health and reduce the risk of a recurrence, new cancers or other illnesses

  • How long will I be in survivorship care?

    This depends on your individual needs. Patients have been in our program anywhere from one year to more than 10. Our goal is to support your return to wellness, so that your care can be transitioned to your primary care provider.

  • Will my insurance cover the program?

    Most insurance plans cover survivorship and survivorship wellness appointments. Please check with your insurance company or call us at (415) 514-2880.

Survivorship retreats and seminars

We offer yearly retreats and ongoing educational seminars. These are open to all patients who have completed active treatment, regardless of where they received it. Retreat topics include nutrition, managing fear of recurrence, sexuality after cancer, exercise, and tools for living well after cancer.

To receive notifications of upcoming events, please call the Patient and Family Cancer Support Center at (415) 885-3693 and ask to be added to the mailing list.

Survivorship Wellness Group Program

The Survivorship Wellness Group Program, offered by UCSF's psycho-oncology team, is an eight-week program focused on helping cancer survivors learn about and practice skills for optimizing their health after treatment.

The program provides opportunities to learn from our dietitians, social workers, psychologists, chaplains, health coaches and exercise counselors. You'll be invited to set your own goals related to nutrition, physical activity, managing stress, sleeping well, and boosting sexual, emotional and spiritual wellness.

UCSF patients who have completed their cancer treatment and are interested in registering for this program should call the psycho-oncology team at (415) 353-3931.

Support our program

Donations help us expand our programming and services to more survivors. Please consider making a gift to the Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute.

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    U.S. News rankings

    • Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • Best in Northern California and No. 7 in the nation for cancer care

    Accreditations & memberships

    • National Cancer Institute

      The National Cancer Institute has designated UCSF a comprehensive cancer center, its highest ranking. This designation is awarded to centers that demonstrate scientific excellence and the ability to conduct cancer research across many disciplines.

    • Commission on Cancer

      UCSF's cancer programs have been accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 1933. The CoC is a consortium of groups dedicated to improving cancer patients' survival and quality of life via research, education and better medical care.

    • National Comprehensive Cancer Network

      UCSF is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the world’s top cancer centers. The network brings together leaders in treatment and research to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care.

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    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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