Clinical Practice Nurse, Symptom Management Service

Elizabeth Dito is a clinical practice nurse for the Symptom Management Service. Prior to joining the team, Elizabeth worked as an oncology nurse in the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center with GI Medical Oncology in the Pancreatic Cancer Program. During that position, Elizabeth provided good symptom management and care for her patients. She recognized the need for aggressive symptom management to improve quality of life within her patient population and also identified the need for more nursing education regarding palliative care/symptom management. She developed quarterly educational sessions for practice nurses that emphasized symptom management and started the Palliative Care and Symptom Management Advisory Board.

Elizabeth started her nursing care as a bedside nurse at UCSF working with the kidney, pancreas and liver transplant services. After being promoted to Assistant Manager, Elizabeth joined the HDFCC to pursue her interest in oncology. She has been an oncology nurse since 2001. Elizabeth has degrees in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley and Nursing from University of San Francisco. She is an ELNEC trainer and remains an active member of the Palliative Care and Symptom Management Advisory Board.