UCSF Patient Support Corps
Three services – Consultation Planning, Consultation Recording and Decision Aids – are offered.
This service helps you identify your questions and concerns before your consultation with a breast cancer specialist. A trained staff member works with you to articulate key questions you want to ask during your appointment. We provide a printout of the questions to help guide the conversation with your doctor. Consultation planning is usually done by phone a day or two before your doctor's appointment.
This is a process where a trained staff member attends the consultation with you and your doctor. The staff member records the appointment using an audio recorder and creates a written summary of your doctor's answers to your questions. You and your doctor are given a copy of the summary.
Several decision aid booklets and videos are available. Contact us to find out if you're eligible for a video on breast cancer decision topics.
If you have a confirmed diagnosis of breast cancer and are scheduled for a consultation with a breast cancer specialist, surgeon or plastic surgeon, you're eligible for our service. These services may be helpful if you're newly diagnosed, seeking a second opinion or in the midst of a complex decision-making process.
Our services are provided at no cost to patients. Consultation planning and recording services are provided based on availability.