Cancer Resource Center

The Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at Mount Zion supports wellness and healing by providing 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 number of classes, seminars and services.

The center — which is part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center — hosts activities such as support groups, exercise classes and workshops and directs people to other community resources.

Its library offers comfortable areas to read or access a computer, sip tea and relax. Library materials are available on loan.


Staff members and volunteers help visitors find cancer-related information online and in print. The center provides a computer for patients and families to browse the Web and health-related databases. The center offers a wide range of services to help patients and others cope with cancer.

Patient and Caregiver Welcome

All cancer patients and their family members and friends can view the Patient and Caregiver Welcome to prepare for getting care at UCSF. The welcome includes an overview of the cancer center's services, tips for navigating the UCSF system, links to resources including a personal health manager "kit," and an overview of all the support services available to our patients and their caregivers.

The welcome can be viewed at

For additional information, call the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693.

Other Services

The center also helps patients with:

Classes and Events

Special events for patients, family members and health care professionals also are hosted. Look for classes and other events in our quarterly calendar or search for classes in the UCSF online calendar.

Ongoing classes include:

All resource center programs are free.

Additional Supportive Services

Financial Support

Contributions to the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center can be earmarked to several Cancer Resource Center programs. Donations can be made online or by postal mail.

To make a donation online, please use our form. (The Cancer Resource Center will be selected on the list of gift designations.)

To donate by mail, send a check payable to "UCSF Foundation / CRC" to:

UCSF Foundation
Cancer Resource Center
P.O. Box 45339
San Francisco, CA 94145-0339

You may also call toll free at (877) 499-UCSF or (877) 499-8273 to get more information, or to give with a credit card by phone.

Amazon Gift Wish

The Cancer Resource Center maintains a 1,500-title library that is supported by donations and grants. Every effort is made to ensure materials are current and relevant. To donate a book:

  • Go to
  • Click on "Gifts & Wish Lists" in the upper right corner
  • Type in "UCSF Cancer Resource Center" in the field for "Find someone's Wish List "
  • Buy a book from the wish list

See information about our cancer clinics.