Cancer

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Pediatric Cancer program is internationally renowned. We treat all types of childhood cancers including blood cancers, brain tumors and soft-tissue and bone tumors. Childhood cancers are very different from adult cancers, so our program is tailored specifically to children in every way – from the kid-friendly design of our facilities to the pediatric focus of our care providers. We have a team of pediatric oncologists (cancer specialists) and surgeons, scientists, nurses and technicians who collaborate to achieve long-term survival and improve quality of life for hundreds of children with cancer each year.

Many of our doctors are also leading researchers who help develop and evaluate therapies that offer the best opportunities for survival. We provide our patients with access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment methods, including the option to participate in clinical trials of experimental therapies or new drugs. Advances in the field mean that today many childhood cancers are cured and the outlook is good for many of our young patients.

Our services (11)

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Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT) Clinic

Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT) Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland

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Brain Tumor Program

Brain Tumor Program

San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek

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Infusion Center

Infusion Center

San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek

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Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) Clinic

Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) Clinic

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Oncology Clinic

Oncology Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek

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Orthopedic Surgical Oncology Clinic

Orthopedic Surgical Oncology Clinic

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Precision Cancer Medicine Program

Precision Cancer Medicine Program

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology

San Francisco / Berkeley

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Retinoblastoma Program

Retinoblastoma Program

1975 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Solid Tumor Program

Solid Tumor Program

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Survivorship Program

Survivorship Program

Oakland / San Francisco

Awards & recognition

  • Best in Northern California for cancer care

  • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

Research

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    UCSF Children's Cancer Program Clinical Trials

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Child Life

Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

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Beads of Courage

We help children cope with cancer testing and treatment challenges by awarding colorful beads for each milestone they achieve. Find out about our program.

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Camp Okizu

This overnight summer camp for children with cancer, siblings and families offers fun activities, education sessions and support in a beautiful setting.

Family Amenities

Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.

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Social Services

Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.

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Activity Rooms

Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.

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Art Therapy

Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.

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Music Therapy Program

Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.

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School Program

Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.

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School Re-Entry Program

After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.

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Individual Playtime & Instruction

If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.

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Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

Family Resource Center

We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.

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Parent Support Program

Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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Patient Relations

Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.

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Spiritual Care

Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.

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International Services

If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

Saving future lives

500+ UCSF investigators are researching cures for hundreds of childhood and adult diseases.

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