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Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute

At the UCSF Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute, we offer personalized, holistic care with the aim of improving quality of life following active cancer treatment. As part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are revolutionizing cancer care with state-of-the-art technology, pioneering treatments like precision medicine and immunotherapy, and other innovations.

Thanks to better treatments and improvements in early detection, we're seeing more people survive cancer than ever before. The Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute brings together clinical care, research, and multidisciplinary support services to treat the unique needs of survivors.

Patients receive individualized care from an advanced practice provider specializing in survivorship. We help you manage short- and long-term side effects, and work closely with the treating oncology doctor as well as a wide range of specialists to make sure you receive the most comprehensive care possible.

We also believe it's vital to address the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis and answer the many questions you may have after active treatment and while in long-term surveillance. Our goal is to support you in the return to wellness so your care can be transitioned to your primary care provider.

As part of UCSF, one of the world’s leading biomedical research institutions, the Cancer Survivorship and Wellness Institute is engaged in important studies aimed at understanding the needs and experiences of our patients. Our focus on research stems from a deep commitment to improving the overall health and well-being of all survivors.

We know cancer changes lives. It is our mission to understand and address the effects of cancer, and empower survivors to transition from active treatment to active living.

Resources for Cancer Survivors

Patient and Family Cancer Support Center

Exercise Counseling

Genetics and Prevention Program

Integrative Medicine

Nutrition Services

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation


Reproductive Health

Sexual Health

Social Work

Symptom Management

Spiritual Care

Survivorship Retreats and Seminars

We offer yearly retreats and ongoing educational seminars. These are open to all patients who have completed active treatment, regardless of where they received care. Retreat topics include nutrition, managing fear of recurrence, sexuality after cancer, exercise, and tools for valued living after cancer.

To be notified of upcoming events, please call the Patient and Family Cancer Support Center at (415) 885-3693 and ask to be added to their mailing list.

Survivorship Wellness Group Program

The Survivorship Wellness Group Program, sponsored by Psycho-Oncology, is an eight-week program focused on helping cancer survivors learn about and practice skills to optimize their health and wellness after treatment.

In this group program, you'll have the opportunity to learn from and practice with our cancer center dietitians, social workers, psychologists, chaplains, health coaches and exercise counselors. You'll be able to set goals related to nutrition, physical activity, managing stress, sleeping well and promoting sexual, emotional and spiritual wellness after cancer treatment.

If you are a UCSF patient who has completed cancer treatment and are interested in registering for Survivorship Wellness, please call the Psycho-Oncology team at (415) 353-3931.

Our locations

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    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • NIH-2x

      Designated comprehensive cancer center

    • Best in Northern California in cancer care

    Support services

    Patient Resource

    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.


    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.


    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!

    Patient Resource

    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.


    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.

    Support Group

    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.

    Support Group

    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.

    Support Group

    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.

    Patient Resource

    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.

    Patient Resource

    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.

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    International Services

    If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
    treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

    Learn more


    UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
    English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.

    Learn more

    Hospital Stays

    Checking into the hospital? Find helpful information by clicking on the relevant “Your Hospital Stay” booklet: Mission Bay, Parnassus or Mount

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    Your Doctor Visit

    See our top 10 tips for making your UCSF doctor’s appointment as stress-free and productive as possible.

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    Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program

    See all four of our Bay Area locations and learn about the program.

    Cancer Symptom Management

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