University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

If you are a patient, please contact Keck Medical Center of USC at 800-USC-CARE.

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Volunteer Services

Volunteers provide special services and fulfill needs for patients, families, visitors and staff at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Some of the programs available to volunteers include:

Cancer Survivorship Advisory Council
Established in 1999, the mission of the USC-CSAC is to facilitate the journey from diagnosis to survivorship for cancer patients and their caregivers through advocacy, education and support for the advancement of cancer research. Members advise clinicians and researchers at the Keck School of Medicine at USC on issues bearing on the quality of patient care and actively support clinical trials and other research efforts at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and in the surrounding community.

Cancer patients, survivors, advocates and caregivers give a face to survivorship as they serve on Cancer Center committees that direct research, treatment and education decisions throughout the cancer center. Currently, members of the Council serve on the Cancer Center's Patient Education Committee, the Pain Management and Palliative Care Committee, the Clinical Investigations Committee and the Quality Assurance Committee among others. Council members also have the opportunity to share their perspectives with the students at the Keck School of Medicine and meet with newly diagnosed patients at the Norris' New Patient Navigation Programs.

For more information about the Cancer Survivorship Advisory Council, contact at Pat Castro at 323-442-7893.

USC Norris Cancer Hospital Volunteer Program
The USC Norris Cancer Hospital Volunteer Program provides essential services to our patients, their families, visitors and staff. Our volunteers are personable, compassionate and dedicated. Their warmth and service assist patients in the healing process, and their support serves as a vital resource for staff and physicians in day-to-day operations at the hospital.

Some of the volunteer locations include admitting, clinic, day hospital, gift shop, image enhancement center, information desk, radiology, social services and more.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities
For additional information about volunteer opportunities at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, contact Diana Mekel, director of volunteer services, at (323) 442-8676 or