UCSF Health’s mission, vision and values convey the reasons we exist as an organization, what we aspire to as an organization and the way we will work to get there. They are a unifying force that link all of us together.
UCSF Health is internationally renowned for providing highly specialized and innovative care. They are part of UC San Francisco one of the top universities in the nation for health sciences research and higher education. By bringing together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health, they are able to drive advancements in treatment and technology that benefit patients everywhere.
UCSF Is Revolutionizing Cancer Care
Their new UCSF Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building (PCMB) establishes the gold standard for comprehensive cancer care. In sunlit rooms with a dedicated staff keenly sensitive to physical and emotional needs, patients and their families will feel supported throughout their personal cancer journey.
Just steps away from a world-class cancer research center, this new building on their Mission Bay campus brings together top researchers, oncologists, surgeons and other clinicians — leaders in almost every form of cancer discovery and care — to foster new treatments and speed their delivery to patients.
This unique hospital is part of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center which is consistently ranked among the top cancer hospitals in California. The center takes an innovative and individualized approach to cancer based on a detailed understanding of the patient’s genetic or molecular information — the “signatures” that make every tumor unique.
Cutting-Edge Care and Facilities
PCMB has the space and equipment to offer the newest treatments, such as infusion with genetically engineered viruses that target specific cancer cells, and cutting-edge tests, including genetic sequencing of tumors and germline testing to look for gene mutations associated with cancer risk.
Radiation oncology and game-changing advances in cancer treatment like these will be readily available: immunotherapy, phase I clinical trials and genetic sequencing.
In an era when patients taking on the biggest challenge of their lives are often made to feel like anonymous faces in a crowd, the PCMB redefines comprehensive cancer care. Not only are their needs met thoughtfully and efficiently, but the variety of specialized care providers and the very layout and design of the building allow each patient to feel seen and heard.
Central hubs facilitate clinical collaborations
A patient’s care team can easily confer and review test results and treatment plans together to make sure patients stay on course and beneficial adjustments to therapy can be made. The facility also integrates essential specialty departments such as pathology, radiology and surgery.
Support, Warmth and Light Infusion bays filled with natural light share floors with physician practices, making it easier for a doctor to stop by if a patient has a question. Patients also have access to psycho-oncologists, genetic counselors, symptom management clinicians, social workers, chaplains, financial navigators and nutritionists, as well as complementary therapies that can bolster their health, such as acupuncture, biofeedback and yoga. And because people undergoing cancer treatment often need prompt assessments or care for side effects, the PCMB has a dedicated acute care center. Patients can call for guidance from a triage nurse, often avoiding hours in an emergency room by visiting our acute care center.
All in One Place Instead of a day of multiple appointments at multiple locations, PCMB patients will check in just once at centralized registration. A real-time location system then allows them to move around the campus without fear of missing an appointment. There’s no need to travel between buildings or across the city to complete steps in evaluations or treatments.
Expert Treatment for All Types of Cancer
The UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center was the first center 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.
They believe that education is a powerful part of the healing process. The team works with each patient to help her understand your condition and all your treatment options, so they can decide together on the best course of action. Your individual treatment options will depend on how far the cancer has progressed, your age and your overall health.
They also offer genetic counseling for patients who may be at higher risk for developing ovarian cancer and other types of cancer that can run in families.