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Cancer

At the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, our mission is to deliver innovative, exceptional care tailored to each patient's needs, wishes and condition. We understand that cancer diagnosis and treatment can be overwhelming, and we're committed to supporting patients and their caregivers throughout their journeys.

Our Cancer Center Guidebook, available in three languages, helps you navigate cancer care at UCSF.

About us

UCSF Health is home to nearly 50 cancer clinics in more than a dozen specialties, with locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, Greenbrae, Redwood City and San Mateo. Our Cancer Center was the first 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 a top recipient of research grants from the National Cancer Institute, we're continually advancing the understanding and treatment of cancer. These advances include immunotherapy, which harnesses the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer; treatments that target the molecular biology of cancer cells; and minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Rankings and recognition

  • usnews-neurology

    Among the top hospitals in the nation

  • Best in Northern California and No. 7 in the nation for 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.

Our cancer clinics

Cancer support services

Patient & Family Cancer Support Center

The center offers wellness programming, community, support groups, classes, workshops and more at no cost to people facing cancer and their loved ones.

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Oncology Social Work

Social workers offer support, problem-solving, help accessing UCSF cancer-related resources and more. Find out how to contact the social worker for your clinic.

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Cancer Support Groups

These groups offered 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.

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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.

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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.

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Core & More Class for Cancer Patients

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!

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Friend to Friend Specialty Shops

A one-stop boutique for patients with cancer. Get professional help with wigs, prostheses, sun-protective clothing, makeup, skin care and more.

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Kôz Hospitality House

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

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Meditation & 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.

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Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Program

If you're caring for someone with a brain tumor, our program can help with guidance, information, resources and support at this difficult time. Find out more.

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Peer Support Programs 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."

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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.

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