Resources & Support Cancer

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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.

Patient stories

The problem with watchful waiting is there is too much waiting and not enough watching.

John Shoemaker

John Shoemaker's prostate cancer diagnosis launched the self-described "data-driven" former tech executive on a months-long research project. By the time he landed in Dr. Peter Carroll's office, he knew a great deal about prostate cancer and the nation's top experts who treat it. Still, he was startled to hear Carroll's advice: Track your cancer closely, but don't treat it until necessary.

Related clinics

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San Francisco, CA 94115

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Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute

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1600 Divisidero St., Fourth Floor
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Support services at UCSF Health

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 Cancer Resource 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.

Fitness

Healing Through Dance Class

Use movement, expression, imagery and creativity to enhance your own healing. Open to all cancer patients (including non-UCSF) and their caregivers.

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."

Patient Resource

Psycho-Oncology

The Psycho-Oncology program offers emotional and supportive care to patients of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and their families.

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.

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