Skip to Main Content

Liver Tumor & Hepatoblastoma Clinic

Our Pediatric Liver Tumor and Hepatoblastoma Clinic cares for infants, children and teens with liver or bile duct tumors.

Pediatric specialists in surgery, cancer, gastroenterology, radiology, interventional radiology, genomics and pathology collaborate to provide your child with the best possible care in a setting designed to make kids and families comfortable. Bringing together renowned experts from around the world, UCSF's international liver tumor board meets monthly to discuss challenging cases and devise optimal treatment strategies. Our team uses the latest techniques to diagnose and treat children with liver tumors, including:

  • Imaging to facilitate precise, minimally invasive diagnoses and treatments that once required surgery
  • Molecularly targeted approaches (a new type of personalized therapy)
  • Genetic testing and liver transplants

Throughout your child's time with us, our social work and child life teams will be there for your family. From evaluation and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up, they provide information, resources and emotional support.

To make life easier during this challenging time, we offer video appointments in addition to in-person visits.

Our locations (1)

    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    • Best in Northern California for gastroenterology & GI surgery

    • Best in Northern California for cancer care

    Plan your visit

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    For visitors

    Before you head to the hospital, check out our guidelines for visitors and caregivers.


    Your Stay

    We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.

    Learn more

    Preparing for Your Child's Surgery

    If your child is having surgery, there are many details about how to prepare, what to bring, and what to expect during and after surgery. Learn more.

    Learn more

    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.

    Learn more

    Our research initiatives

    • ucsf-division-of-pediatric-gi-hepatology-and-nutrition-research-2x

      UCSF Division of Pediatric GI, Hepatology & Nutrition Research

    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

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

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    School Program

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


    School Re-Entry Program

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


    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.


    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.


    Parent Support Program

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


    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.


    Spiritual Care

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


    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.

    Decorative Caduceus

    Thoracotomy Versus Thoracoscopic Management of Pulmonary Metastases in Patients With Osteosarco...

    Estimated four year thoracic event free survival (tEFS) where tEFS is calculated as the time from study enrollment. Any recurrence within the pulmonary parenchyma, involving the pleural surface or the drain/surgical site wound wil...


    More about this study
    Decorative Caduceus

    Project: Every Child for Younger Patients With Cancer

    The number of patients who agree to be in the Biobanking part of the study and have leftover tumor tissue and some normal blood, bone marrow, or other tissue saved for future research.


    More about this study
    Decorative Caduceus

    Chemotherapy for the Treatment of Patients With Newly Diagnosed Very Low-Risk and Low Risk Fusi...

    The Kaplan-Meier method will be used to estimate 3-year FFS along with 80% log-minus-log transformed confidence limits for very low risk (VLR) patients.


    More about this study
    Decorative Caduceus

    Targeted Therapy Directed by Genetic Testing in Treating Patients With Locally Advanced or Adva...

    Will be estimated over time and considered in relationship to changes in treatment trial cohort status (activations, suspensions, terminations).


    More about this study
    Decorative Caduceus

    ET140203 T Cells in Pediatric Subjects With Hepatoblastoma, HCN-NOS, or Hepatocellular Carcinom...

    Safety of ET140203 T cells as assessed by the number of adverse events (AEs) after infusion


    More about this study
    Decorative Caduceus

    Targeted Therapy Directed by Genetic Testing in Treating Pediatric Patients With Relapsed or Re...

    Response rates will be calculated as the percent of evaluable patients who are responders, and confidence intervals will be constructed using the Wilson score interval method.


    More about this study
    Decorative Caduceus

    A Study to Compare Early Use of Vinorelbine and Maintenance Therapy for Patients With High Risk...

    Will be estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method and will be compared between the two regimens using a log-rank test.


    More about this study
    Decorative Caduceus

    A Study of Combination Chemotherapy for Patients With Newly Diagnosed DAWT and Relapsed FHWT

    For Strata 1-3, the primary analysis of EFS will consist of a one-sample, one-sided log rank test versus a historical control cohort (or representative distribution) with stratum-specific type I error levels. For Stratum 4, the pr...


    More about this study
    Decorative Caduceus

    Active Surveillance, Bleomycin, Etoposide, Carboplatin or Cisplatin in Treating Pediatric and A...

    The time from study entry to the date of death, or date of last contact and ascertained as alive, whichever comes first.


    More about this study
    Decorative Caduceus

    Checkpoint Inhibition In Pediatric Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    irRECIST criteria


    More about this study
    See all clinical trials

    Feeling at home

    From bedside bingo to therapy dogs, we're here to help kids smile and feel more like themselves.

    Visit Child Life services