two people hugging at the annual Caregiver Retreat

UCSF Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Retreat


The UCSF Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Retreat is an annual event, for caregivers of brain tumor patients. The retreat is designed as a restorative day where caregivers can connect and learn practical information to manage the challenges that can arise from supporting their loved ones in a warm and nurturing environment. Each year, the day-long event includes informational and emotional support sessions, as well as self-care activities like chair massages. 

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The UCSF Neuro-Oncology Caregiver retreat will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. This year's theme is "Fostering Resilience Through Knowledge & Self-Compassion," with the following topics and activities planned: 

Brain Tumors 101: Effects of a Brain Tumor on the Caregiver

  • Dr. Jennie Taylor and Margaretta Page, RN will offer a brief neuro-anatomy and neuro-physiology review with attention to the implications of tumor location and the side effects of regularly prescribed medications on patient’s physical, emotional, and cognitive function and their impact on the patient, the caregiver, and the patient-caregiver relationship.

Taking Care of Your Body: Exercise for Caregivers

  • Avoid Inactivity: Learn by doing and talking through the key components of a well-balanced exercise program. We will also discuss a few simple things to help you prioritize
    time and stay motivated with exercise. 

Taking Care of Your Soul: Tools for Self-Compassion

Discussion Groups

  • Share your story and connect with fellow caregivers going through similar experiences

Massage Therapy

  • Relax and take advantage of complimentary massage services provided by certified therapists from Touch Wellness


Photos from the 2018 Caregiver Retreat

Read about the 2018 Caregiver Retreat here

support group discussion at annual Caregiver Retreat
A member of the Caregiver Team, Margaretta Page, RN (right, in red) facilitates support group discussion.
Rosemary Rossi, UCSF social worker
A member of the Caregiver Team, Rosemary Rossi, MSW, leads a guided meditation activity.
chair massages at the annual Caregiver Retreat
Chair massages, a perennial favorite, are available at every Caregiver Retreat.
caregivers during a musical therapy activity
Different activities are planned each year. Here, caregivers participate in a musical therapy activity.
Support group discussion at the caregiver retreat
The Caregiver Retreat is designed to provide an environment for caregivers to connect with others going through similar experiences.
Group discussions during the annual Caregiver Retreat
Informational talks, followed by discussion and Q&A sessions, provide practical tips that are geared towards the challenges that caregiver may face.
Caregiver chatting with UCSF neuro-oncologist Susan Chang, MD
The retreat allows caregivers to interact with each other and members of our team in a comfortable environment. Here, Susan Chang, MD (Director of the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program) chats with a caregiver.
Caregivers hugging at the annual Caregiver Retreat
Caregivers often describe how meaningful it is to interact with other caregivers, to have a sense of community, and be supported by others that are going through similar experiences.


The annual retreat is provided at no charge and supported by donations to the UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program.