Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute
At the UCSF Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute, we offer personalized, holistic care with the aim of improving quality of life following active cancer treatment. As part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are revolutionizing cancer care with state-of-the-art technology, pioneering treatments like precision medicine and immunotherapy, and other innovations.
Thanks to better treatments and improvements in early detection, we're seeing more people survive cancer than ever before. The Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute brings together clinical care, research, and multidisciplinary support services to treat the unique needs of survivors.
Patients receive individualized care from an advanced practice provider specializing in survivorship. We help you manage short- and long-term side effects, and work closely with the treating oncology doctor as well as a wide range of specialists to make sure you receive the most comprehensive care possible.
We also believe it's vital to address the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis and answer the many questions you may have after active treatment and while in long-term surveillance. Our goal is to support you in the return to wellness so your care can be transitioned to your primary care provider.
As part of UCSF, one of the world’s leading biomedical research institutions, the Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute is engaged in important studies aimed at understanding the needs and experiences of our patients. Our focus on research stems from a deep commitment to improving the overall health and well-being of all survivors.
We know cancer changes lives. It is our mission to understand and address the effects of cancer, and empower survivors to transition from active treatment to active living.
Resources for Cancer Survivors
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 care. Retreat topics include nutrition, managing fear of recurrence, sexuality after cancer, exercise, and tools for valued living after cancer.
To be notified of upcoming events, please call the Patient and Family Cancer Support Center at (415) 885-3693 and ask to be added to their mailing list.
Survivorship Wellness Group Program
The Survivorship Wellness Group Program, sponsored by Psycho-Oncology, is an eight-week program focused on helping cancer survivors learn about and practice skills to optimize their health and wellness after treatment.
In this group program, you'll have the opportunity to learn from and practice with our cancer center dietitians, social workers, psychologists, chaplains, health coaches and exercise counselors. You'll be able to set goals related to nutrition, physical activity, managing stress, sleeping well and promoting sexual, emotional and spiritual wellness after cancer treatment.
If you are a UCSF patient who has completed cancer treatment and are interested in registering for Survivorship Wellness, please call the Psycho-Oncology team at (415) 353-3931.
U.S. News rankings
Best hospital in Northern California
Best in Northern California in 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.
Patient and Family Cancer Support Center
You'll find support groups, classes, a library, treatment information, special events and much more to promote wellness and healing for patients and families.
Cancer Exercise Counseling
Our one-on-one exercise training sessions, customized for your needs and abilities, can complement other cancer treatments and speed your recovery.
Core and More Class
A strong body helps you fight cancer and enjoy life. Join this class to stabilize your core, strengthen your muscles and improve overall fitness. For cancer patients and caregivers!
Friend to Friend Gift Shop
A one-stop boutique for patients with cancer. Get professional help with wigs, prostheses, sun-protective clothing, makeup, skin care and more.
Meditation and Guided Imagery for Cancer Patients
Drop in for a free class designed to help you heal, relax and find balance during your treatment. UCSF and non-UCSF patients are welcome.
Peer Support Program for Cancer
Patients are matched with peer support volunteers according to criteria such as diagnosis, cancer stage, age or gender. Speak to someone who's "been there."
Restorative Movement Class
Explore simple movements that help you feel more powerful and comfortable in your body. This fun and free UCSF class is aimed at those in recovery from cancer.
Cancer Support Groups
Support groups held by the Ida and Joseph Friend Patient and Family Cancer Support Center are free and available to all patients, whether or not you get your health care at UCSF.
Art for Recovery
Creativity can help people with serious illnesses cope, heal and express what they're going through. Find out about our program and how to join.
Spiritual Care Services
Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.
Oncology Social Work
Social workers can be key members of your cancer care team. Reach out for support, problem solving and help accessing UCSF's many cancer-related resources.
Plan your visit
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
If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.
UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.
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