Resources & Support
At UCSF Health, we are renowned for our highly specialized and cutting-edge medical care. Along with innovative medicine, we strive to provide a variety of services to ensure that patients and families are fully supported while in our care. UCSF has a team of experienced social workers and condition-specific support groups as well as classes to help patients and families navigate their experiences while in our clinics and hospitals.
Our support services also include unique programs to help heal the mind and spirit, such as Art for Recovery, Healing Through Dance and complimentary spa treatments during infusion therapy. During an unfamiliar and stressful time, UCSF’s support services are ready to lend a hand whenever patients and families need it most.
"The tumor was lodged in the part of my brain that controlled my verbal, comprehension and logic skills."
Jennifer Alden discovered her brain tumor by accident, but when it came to surgery to remove it, she left nothing to chance. She met with three brain surgeons and wound up traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco to have the procedure performed by Dr. Mitchel Berger, UCSF's chair of Neurological Surgery. Berger used a technique he developed at UCSF, called brain mapping, to remove only the tumor while sparing healthy tissue around it that was vital to Alden's brain function.Read more
My mom has said I was like a baby who grew up very rapidly. She even wrote down my first word, the first day I talked.
Like most 27-year-olds, Erica Chain was busy living her life – working at a startup she loved, doing yoga and running, and hanging out with friends. When she was diagnosed with a brain tumor after fainting in the street, she found herself suddenly grappling with major health decisions and an uncertain future.Read More