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Cancer Risk Program

A family has an unusually high incidence of cancer as well as subtle birth defects such as those in the muscles and bones — called musculoskeletal abnormalities — or those affecting the face, head and neck called craniofacial anomalies. Is there a connection between the cancer and other defects?

Doctors and researchers at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital have established the Cancer Risk Program to find out if there is a link. They serve families with a history of tumors called multiple neoplasias and other birth defects including musculoskeletal anomalies and minor cardiac defects.

Recognizing a family history of disease is important for several reasons, including the initiation of cancer surveillance, identification of relatives at increased cancer risk and counseling for the family.

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Services provided at the Cancer Risk Program include:

  • Comprehensive evaluations of patients and family members
  • Genetic counseling
  • Follow-up services
  • Research projects

Family members have the opportunity to enroll in research projects on the common genetic basis of cancers and birth defects.

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You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Cancer Risk Program
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-1714
Phone: (415) 885-7779
Fax: (415) 885-3787

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

Research and Clinical Trials

Parking

Parking at Mount Zion

Public parking is available in two parking garages near our Mount Zion campus. One is at 1635 Divisadero St. and the other at 2420 Sutter St. Entrances to both garages are on Sutter Street, between Divisadero and Broderick streets.

The 1635 Divisadero St. garage is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and major holidays. The rate is $2 each 20 minutes with a $28 daily maximum.

For more information about parking in the 1635 Divisadero St. garage, call (415) 441-5408 or visit www.1635divisaderogarage.com.

The 2420 Sutter St. garage is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and UCSF holidays. The rate is $6 an hour with a $30 daily maximum. Those with a valid disabled placard receive a daily maximum rate of $12.

For more information about parking in the 2420 Sutter St. garage, call (415) 514-8935.

Other public parking garages are available nearby.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Public Transportation

Mount Zion

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • No. 2*
  • No. 38*
  • No. 4
  • No. 24

The No. 1 California bus route stops at the corner of California and Divisadero streets, which is three blocks north of Mount Zion.

For more information about Muni, visit www.sfmuni.com.

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles travel between the Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses as well as other UCSF locations.

For more information about UCSF transportation, please call (415) 476-1511.

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Robert Nussbaum
Dr. Robert Nussbaum,
medical geneticist