The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center was the first center in the Bay Area to receive the prestigious "comprehensive" designation from the National Cancer Institute. With cutting-edge facilities, comprehensive care programs and innovative research, we help patients with all forms of cancer live longer, fuller lives.
As one of the top recipients of research grants from the National Cancer Institute, we're continually advancing the understanding and treatment of cancer. These advances include immunotherapy that harnesses the body's own immune system to fight cancer, treatments that target the molecular biology of cancer cells, and minimally invasive surgical procedures.
We understand that cancer diagnosis and treatment can be overwhelming, and we are committed to supporting patients and their caregivers throughout this journey. Please see our guidebook for information on the cancer center and the many services we offer.
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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.
Cancer support services
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.
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.
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!
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.
Koz Hospitality House
Located near our Parnassus campus, Koz Hospitality House provides comfortable, reasonably priced accommodations for UCSF patients during their treatment.
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.
Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Program
At UCSF, we understand that a brain tumor diagnosis affects not only our patients, but also their families and loved ones. Learn more about the program here.
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 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.
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."
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.
Pamper yourself while fighting cancer. Free treatments for patients receiving chemotherapy at our Mount Zion campus include massage, acupressure and more.
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.