Support Groups and Services
American Psychosocial Oncology Society
Helpline for individuals with cancer and their care-givers to find cancer support and counseling in their local communities.
Phone: (866) 276-7443
Amyloidosis Support Group
Multiple locations in the Bay Area.
Dena Heath: (925) 939-0688 or [email protected]
Variety of supportive services including online support groups for adults, teens, parents and care-givers.
Phone: (800) 813-HOPE
Cancer Support Programs at Local Hospitals
Your local hospital may offer a variety of support groups and cancer support programs, such as meditation, yoga, nutrition and guided imagery, which may be more convenient than attending a program at UCSF. Many hospital programs are open to community members who receive their care elsewhere.
- Alta Bates Summit (Berkeley)
Phone: (510) 869-8833
- Doctor's Medical Center (Modesto)
Phone: (888) 284-6641
- Marin General Cancer Institute (Greenbrae)
Phone: (415) 925-7920
- Stanford Hospital (Palo Alto)
Phone: (650) 725-9456
- Sutter Solano Cancer Center (Vallejo)
Phone: (707) 554-5326
- UC Davis (Sacramento Area)
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Support groups and services throughout Northern California (San Francisco, East Bay, Sonoma, Sacramento and Fresno)
Phone: (800) 955-4572
Myeloma Support Group (Bay Area) Meets in San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Palo Alto
Multiple Myeloma Support Group (Sonoma/Napa)
Email: [email protected]
Cancer Resource Center
Variety of support groups and programs (nutrition, guided imagery, writing, yoga, meditation) in San Francisco. Individual counseling available.
Phone: (415) 885-3693
Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinema Support
Multiple locations in Bay Area.
Contact: Alyce and Terry Rossow, (925) 447-8881
Cancer Support Community
Support groups and services in Walnut Creek, Richmond, Concord, San Ramon, Vallejo and Pleasanton. Also offers online support groups.
Phone: (925) 933-0107
Support groups and programs in Santa Cruz.
Women's Cancer Resource Center
Support groups and programs in Oakland.
Phone: (510) 601-4040
One-on-One Peer Counseling
BMT InfoNet, "Caring Connections Program"
Phone: (888) 597-7674
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, "First Connection"
Phone: (800) 955-4572
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link, "Peer Support on Call"
Phone: (800) 546-5268
Cultural-, Language- and Age-Specific Groups and Programs
Children and Teens
Summer camp for children whose parents have, or have had, cancer. In Berkeley.
Phone: (510) 495-6542
CancerCare for Kids
Offers online support group for teens who have a parent with cancer, educational workshops for parents and educational materials.
Phone: (800) 813-HOPE
Circle of Care
Offers a variety of supportive services to help families with young children in the East Bay.
Phone: (510) 531-7551, ext. 195
Extensive information and a hotline to help support children who have a parent with cancer. Local services in San Jose, Santa Cruz and southern California. Offers camps in Temecula and Sequoia.
Phone: (800) 899-2866
Mothers' Living Stories Project
Information and support for mothers with cancer and other illnesses
Available in most elementary and high schools to help children, teens and families cope with stressors such as an illness in the family. Contact your child's school for information.
Information and support for siblings of children with cancer.
Phone: (888) 417-4704
Asian Community Mental Health Services
Alameda County: (510) 451-6729
Contra Costa County: (510) 970-9750
Asian Family Institute of RAMS (San Francisco)
Individual counseling in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Korean, Tagalog, Japanese and Russian.
Phone: (415) 668-5998, ext. 21
Chinese Community Cancer Information Center
Cancer information in Cantonese and Mandarin, transportation, and supportive services.
Phone: (415) 677-2473
Chinatown Public Health Center "CARE" Program
The Cancer Patient Advocate and Visitation Program offers one-on-one peer support for Chinese-speaking men and women.
Contact: Lei-Chun Fung, (415) 364-7908
Donaldina Cameron House
Individual counseling and cancer support group. Mandarin and Cantonese.
Phone: (415) 781-0401, ext. 127
Herald Cancer Care
Chinese Christian-based individual emotional support, information and resources. Mandarin and Cantonese.
Phone: (510) 893-3210
Jeffrey's Place (Gay/Bi/Queer Men)
Support group in San Francisco offered through Shanti Project, Inc.
Phone: (415) 674-4700
Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
Spiritual support for Jewish individuals living with serious illness and their families. Services include support groups and healing prayer services.
Phone: (415) 750-4197
Jewish Family and Children's Services
Comprehensive social services, including meals, financial assistance and attendant care. San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma County.
Phone: (415) 449-1200
Circulo de Vida
Information and support for Latinos with cancer in San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 648-9423
Online community for young adults. Offers information, resources and connection.
Phone: (877) 735-4673
One-on-one peer support.
Phone: (312) 274-5529
Young Adult Support Groups
- San Francisco: Cancer Resource Center
Phone: (415) 885-3693
- East Bay: Alta Bates Summit
Phone: (510) 869-8833
- Online support groups/chat rooms:
Body Image and Beauty
American Cancer Society
Provides limited amount of free wigs, hats and turbans for women with cancer. Also offers TLC catalog of wigs, hats and scarves.
Phone: (800) ACS-2345
TLC: (800) 850-9445
Located in Berkeley. "Welcome Back" program offers limited free haircuts for women who are growing their hair back after chemotherapy. Phone: (888) 35-SALOON
Friend to Friend Gift Shop
Offers personalized assistance shopping for wigs, hats, skin care products, inspirational books and CDs. Also offers beauty makeovers and wig-trimming services.
Phone: (415) 353-7776
High-end wigs in San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 495-8888
Look Good…Feel Better and Look Good…Feel Better for Men
Group workshops that teach beauty techniques help combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Programs offered throughout the Bay Area. Special programs available for men.
Phone: (800) 895-LOOK
Paula Young Online Wig Catalog
Phone: (800) 364-9060
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Phone: (888) 650-9127
Young Adult Survivor Conference, Camp Make-A-Dream
Phone: (406) 549-5987
SamFund for Young Adults
Phone: (866) 439-9365
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Phone: (888) 393-FUND
Hematology and BMT Resource Guide
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
The Palliative Care Program at UCSF Health provides specialized medical care for patients who are seriously ill. Learn more about the program here.
Autologous Transplant Guide
Having a blood and marrow transplant (BMT) is a difficult experience. Read this guide to help prepare you and your family and book an appointment today.
Self-Care for Caregivers
Caregiver fatigue can be brought on by the physical and emotional demands of caring for a loved one with a serious illness. Learn tips to combat caregiver fatigue here.
Coping with Chemotherapy
Each person experiences side effects from chemotherapy differently, and different chemotherapy drugs cause different side effects. Learn more here.
Delegation to Help with Fatigue
Fatigue caused by cancer treatment can make it difficult to accomplish even the smallest of tasks. Learn how task delegation can help with this fatigue.
Diet for Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Nausea is a common side effect of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Find practical tips and suggested foods to help with nausea here.
Case Management and Social Work
Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.
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UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.
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Spiritual Care Services
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