Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program

At UCSF Neuro-Oncology, we understand that being diagnosed with a brain tumor affects the whole family and their loved ones. In addition to providing excellent clinical care for brain tumor patients, we have a team dedicated to making sure that caregivers and family members of brain tumor patients have access to resources and support so that they are prepared in their caregiver roles. The UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program is designed for all UCSF families and caregivers of adult patients undergoing care for primary brain tumor. The purpose of the program is to provide integrated care for both patients and their caregivers across the trajectory of the illness with the goal of optimizing the quality of life for both the patient and the caregiver. The program is designed to support the caregiver in the treatment of the patient's disease by providing education, information, access to disease and caregiver resources, as well as information and referral to peer and professional counseling and support groups. 

Services Available

Our complementary service includes a caregiver team with a nurse, a social worker and a program coordinator, all dedicated to meet your caregiver needs. If you are a caregiver of a UCSF patient, please feel free to contact us for assistance on topics that may include:

• Navigating the healthcare system
• Financial information, Advanced Health Directive Information, disability and insurance information
• Locating supportive care in your area and finding connections to resources in your community
• Caregiver-to-Caregiver peer support
• Educational workshops designed for caregivers
• Support Groups

For a complete list of resources, visit ucsfhealth.org/programs/neuro-oncology_caregiver_program

A Program Inspired by Gordon Murray

The Gordon Murray Caregiver Program is named in honor of Gordon Murray who was treated at UCSF and lost his battle with brain cancer. Grateful for the state-of- the-art care that he received at UCSF, Mr. Murray’s wife, Randi Murray, led a fundraising campaign to build a program that helps families get the resources they need throughout the difficult experience of diagnosis, treatment, and bereavement. She was joined by philanthropists Cathy and Mike Podell and Marritje and Jamie Greene in helping to raise over $2 million for establishing the Gordon Murray Caregiver Program and the construction of additional laboratories at the Brain Tumor Research Center. Learn about how you can suport the program.

Family Advisory Council

Our Family Advisory Council is made up of experienced caregivers of brain tumor patients who meet with us to provide input and feedback on programming decisions to ensure that we are supporting the needs of family members in their caregiver roles. Our Family Advisory Council members support our program through volunteering at our special events and through fundraising efforts. Many members of the council also serve as peer caregivers in our peer-to-peer support program. To learn more about how to join the Family Advisory Council, please email us at gordonmurraycaregiverprogram@ucsf.edu.