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Psycho-Oncology

Psycho-Oncology offers emotional and supportive care to patients of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and their families. Our psychologists and psychiatrists are trained in using behavioral approaches and medications to help patients facing cancer, cancer treatment and cancer survivorship.

Our team works closely with other cancer center providers to identify and address psychological and social distress, including the stresses of illness and medical treatment and concerns with relationships and caregiving. We also help patients learn behavioral strategies for coping with pain, insomnia, challenges with eating and other issues. We teach goal setting and mind-body strategies to help patients make meaningful changes that improve their quality of life, regardless of their diagnosis.

We collaborate with other support programs at UCSF – such as the Patient and Family Cancer Support Centersocial workSpiritual Care ServicesArt for Recovery, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Symptom Management Service – to provide the best possible care for our patients and their families.

Our services are available to UCSF patients and their family members.

Special Programs

We lead a thriving survivorship wellness group program that teaches skills in stress management, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cancer survivorship health strategies. In our Behavioral Sleep and Fatigue Clinic, we help patients and caregivers address the challenges of disrupted sleep and tiredness.

Our providers often lecture and lead workshops on these topics at UCSF and elsewhere in the community.

Making a Donation

Your support of UCSF Psycho-Oncology allows us to provide more patients and families with access to psychological and psychiatric care, fund our many programs and services, and continue to raise awareness and promote excellence in the field of mental well-being for cancer patients.

To donate online, please use our gift form.

To donate by phone, call (877) 499-8273.

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    U.S. News rankings

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • usnews-psychiatry

      Best in Northern California in psychiatry

    • 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.

    Support services

    Support Group

    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.

    Fitness

    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.

    Support Group

    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.

    Fitness

    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!

    Patient Resource

    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.

    Patient Resource

    Koz Hospitality House

    Located near our Parnassus campus, Koz Hospitality House provides comfortable, reasonably priced accommodations for UCSF patients during their treatment.

    Class

    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.

    Patient Resource

    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.

    Patient Resource

    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.

    Support Group

    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."

    Fitness

    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.

    Patient Resource

    Spa Infusion

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

    Patient Resource

    UCSF Patient Support Corps

    Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is stressful. Get guidance, support and answers to your questions here as you consider your options and make decisions.

    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

    International Services

    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.

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    Interpreters

    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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    Hospital Stays

    Checking into the hospital? Find helpful information by clicking on the relevant “Your Hospital Stay” booklet: Mission Bay, Parnassus or Mount
    Zion.

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    Your Doctor Visit

    See our top 10 tips for making your UCSF doctor’s appointment as stress-free and productive as possible.

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