Prostate Cancer Center

The UCSF Prostate Cancer Center provides comprehensive, cutting-edge care to patients with prostate cancer as well as men at high risk of developing the condition. With an emphasis on early screening and detection, our center offers a range of services, from active surveillance for low-risk cancers to new and advanced treatments. We're one of the first medical centers in the country to offer the PSMA (prostate-specific membrane antigen) PET scan, a new and highly effective imaging technique for detecting prostate cancer cells that have spread to other parts of the body. We also connect patients with integrative medicine services (combining complementary therapies with mainstream treatments), nutrition and lifestyle counseling, support groups and educational resources. Our mission is to optimize our patients' quality of life during treatment and beyond.

Our team combines the expertise of urologic cancer surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and sub-specialists. In addition to caring for patients, our doctors are at the forefront of prostate cancer research, and strive to quickly translate new findings into more effective methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Rankings & achievements

  • usnews-neurology

    Best hospital in Northern California

  • Best in Northern California in cancer care

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    Best in Northern California in urology

  • n1-2x

    in NIH funding for urology research

  • NIH-2x

    Designated comprehensive cancer center

  • Commission on Cancer accredited program

  • A founding member of this alliance of the world’s top cancer centers

Our research initiatives

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    UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Research

    UCSF is home to a range of research initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. This includes research on topics such as immunotherapy, BRCA mutations and molecular diagnostic testing.

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    UCSF Prostate Cancer Program Research

    The UCSF Prostate Cancer Program conducts research aimed at discovering how prostate cancer develops and progresses, finding the best methods of predicting patient outcomes and developing treatments to improve these outcomes

Patient education

Prostate Cancer Glossary

Use this Prostate Cancer Glossary to help you understand some of the more esoteric terminology including, adjuvant, brachytherapy, seminal vesicles and more.

Nutrition and Prostate Cancer

Good nutrition may reduce the incidence of prostate cancer and help reduce the risk of prostate cancer progression. Learn more here.

Patient Conference on Prostate Cancer

2021 Conference

Co-hosted by the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the California Prostate Cancer Coalition, the conference provided an outstanding opportunity to hear from leading experts in prostate cancer.

Care providers

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  • Medical oncology (11)
  • Radiation oncology (7)

Clinical trials

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A Phase 1 Safety and Efficacy Study of IS-002 Injection in Patients Undergoing Robotic Prostatectomy Using the da Vinci® Surgical System With Firefly® Fluorescent Imaging

This is a Phase 1, single-site, interventional clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of IS-002 intravenous (IV) injection for fluorescent identification and delineation of the positive cancer margins and metastatic lymph nodes during prostatectomy surgery using the da Vinci® X/Xi Surgical System with Firefly® Fluorescent Imaging.

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A Randomized Clinical Trial of Exercise vs. Usual Care Among Men Opting for Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer

The AS RCT study is a randomized controlled trial of 16-weeks aerobic exercise (home-based walking) vs. usual care among men with prostate cancer on active surveillance.

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A Randomized Controlled Trial of Diet & Exercise Interventions Among Men With Prostate Cancer - II (Prostate 8-II)

The Prostate 8-II study is a 2-year randomized controlled trial of testing different combinations of educational and supportive tools related to diet and exercise to evaluate biological, clinical, and quality of life outcomes in men choosing radical prostatectomy as treatment for prostate cancer.

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A Phase 3 Study of Androgen Annihilation in High-Risk Biochemically Relapsed Prostate Cancer

This is a randomized, open-label, three-arm, phase 3 study in men with biochemically recurrent prostate cancer and PSA doubling time ≤ 9 months at the time of study entry.

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177Lu-PSMA-617 and Pembrolizumab in Treating Patients With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

This phase Ib trial studies the dose and schedule of 177Lu-PSMA-617 and pembrolizumab in treating patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to other places in the body.

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A Phase 1 Study of FOR46 in Patients With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC)

This study will test the safety and efficacy of FOR46 given every 21 days to patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

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NRG- GU 008: Randomized Phase III Trial Incorporating Abiraterone Acetate with Prednisone and Apalutamide and Advanced Imaging into Salvage Treatment for Patients with Node-Positive Prostate Cancer After Radical Prostatectomy

This phase III trial studies how well adding apalutamide, abiraterone acetate, and prednisone to the usual hormone therapy and radiation therapy works compared to the usual hormone therapy and radiation therapy in treating patients with node-positive prostate cancer after surgery.

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    International Services

    If you live outside the United States and are coming to UCSF for medical treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreting Services

    UCSF offers interpreters in various languages, including American Sign Language (ASL), as well as services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and visually impaired patients.

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    Support services

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    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.


    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.

    Patient Resource

    Cancer Nutrition Counseling

    UCSF Health offers free nutrition counseling to our patients with cancer, as well as nutrition seminars that are open to anyone. Learn more.

    Support Group

    Cancer Support Groups

    These groups offered 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.


    Core & More Class for Cancer Patients

    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!

    Patient Resource

    Friend to Friend Specialty Shops

    A one-stop boutique for patients with cancer. Get professional help with wigs, prostheses, sun-protective clothing, makeup, skin care and more.


    Meditation & 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.

    Patient Resource

    Oncology Social Work

    Social workers offer support, problem-solving, help accessing UCSF cancer-related resources and more. Find out how to contact the social worker for your clinic.

    Patient Resource

    Patient & Family Cancer Support Center

    The center offers wellness programming, community, support groups, classes, workshops and more at no cost to people facing cancer and their loved ones.

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    Peer Support Programs 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.

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    Spa Infusion

    Pamper yourself while fighting cancer. Free treatments for patients receiving chemotherapy at our Mount Zion campus include massage, acupressure and more.

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