Ida & Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center FAQ
- What is the Cancer Resource Center?
- Do I have to be a UCSF patient to use the services of the Cancer Resource Center?
- What is the cost for services?
- How do I make an appointment with a nutritionist?
- I don't live in San Francisco Bay Area. Are there any services that I can access remotely?
- Where can I find information about events and activities at the Cancer Resource Center?
- Does the Cancer Resource Center offer financial assistance to cancer patients?
The Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center provides patients, families, caregivers and others with information about cancer treatments, emotional support and community resources. The center maintains a library of books and other media; provides access to the Web and health databases; and offers a comfortable environment to relax between appointments.
The center, which is part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, sponsors activities such as support groups, exercise and stress reduction classes and workshops and directs people to other UCSF and community resources.
No, our services are open to all cancer patients, regardless of where they receive their care. All cancer patients and their caregivers are welcome. Drop-in classes, such as the meditation class and knitting group, as well as nutrition classes, support groups and medical appointment preparation sessions are open to all.
To attend exercise classes such as yoga, dance and restorative movement, patients must have a signed consent from their doctors.
The only services not available to those who aren't UCSF patients are the individual sessions with our nutritionist, exercise counselor and social worker.
There is no charge for our programs, events or services, unless specified. Donations are always appreciated.
UCSF cancer patients can make an appointment with our nutritionist by calling their cancer clinic and asking for a nutrition consultation. Patients who get their care elsewhere are welcome to attend our group seminars on nutrition topics. Call the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693 for more information about the nutrition seminars.
We have a few services available by phone, such as peer support, medical appointment planning and nutrition counseling for UCSF patients. You can also call the Cancer Resource Center for help in finding online resources and services in your community. Call us at (415) 885-3693 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Cancer Resource Center sends a monthly events calendar by email and a hard-copy quarterly calendar of events via the postal system. To subscribe to one or both of these calendars, send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also download the quarterly calendar.
The UCSF Cancer Resource Center doesn't offer financial assistance but there are many organizations that do. Many of them, however, have specific eligibility requirements and limited funds to distribute. The following are some organizations that offer assistance with insurance, medications and living expenses. More may be available in your community.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), (215) 690-0300 — NCCN is a nonprofit alliance of leading cancer centers that assist patients with treatment decisions, locate financial assistance and help find insurance plans to pay for treatment.
- Cancer Copay Relief
- Chronic Disease Fund
- HealthWell Foundation
- Patient Advocate Foundation
LOW-INCOME AND UNINSURED PATIENTS
- AVONcares and Linking ARMS Program, both in partnership with Cancer Care
- Patient Services Inc.
- Patient Access Network
- IMPACT — Improving Access, Counseling and Treatment