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Oncology Clinic

For decades, the Pediatric Oncology Clinic has been at the forefront of research and care for childhood cancer. We're among the first centers to offer new treatments as soon as they become available. With programs designed specifically for diagnosing and treating children, we're able to make the future brighter for many of the patients who come to us for care.

Our team of world-renowned experts cares for patients with every type of childhood cancer. That compassionate medical care is complemented by a wide range of services designed to support our patients' well-being throughout their treatment course. We understand that undergoing cancer treatment is emotionally difficult, and we offer not just a helping hand but a hand to hold.

In addition to treating patients, our doctors lead world-class research aimed at advancing the understanding and treatment of cancer. Thanks to that work, our patients often have opportunities to participate in large-scale clinical trials of promising experimental drugs or other therapies.

Our overarching goal is to help kids get better as quickly as possible so they can put cancer behind them and get on with their lives.

What sets us apart

Comprehensive care for kids with cancer

At our cancer center, our providers help families through difficult journeys with compassion, using the most cutting-edge therapies.

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    Patient stories

    Meet UCSF's first CAR T-cell patient

    Shaun had been battling an aggressive leukemia for six years. When his care team recommended a new experimental treatment, his parents described it as "divine intervention."

    Highlights of our cancer care

    Leading-edge treatments

    We're among the first to offer new treatment options, as soon as they're proven safe and effective. In addition, patients can access promising experimental therapies by participating in one of our many clinical trials.

    Precision medicine

    High-risk tumors are analyzed with the UCSF500 Cancer Gene Panel, a state-of-the-art test that identifies mutations in the tumor's DNA. The results can indicate the best treatment course and, in some cases, clarify the exact type of cancer.

    Seamless care, near and far

    Dedicated patient navigators help families with managing referrals, insurance concerns and appointment planning. We work with patients and referring doctors well beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, thanks to our comprehensive telehealth system.

    Thorough follow-up

    Our Pediatric Survivorship Program provides expert care to address any medical, psychological or social issues that arise after treatment is complete. The team also ensures smooth transitions to adult care providers as our patients leave childhood behind.

    Our team

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    • Doctors (29)
    • Nurse practitioners (9)
    • Physical therapists (1)
    • Psychologists and social workers (3)
    • Dietitians (3)

    Special programs

    Pediatric Blood Cancer Program

    The Pediatric Blood Cancer Program provides care for all childhood blood cancers and gives patients access to cutting-edge treatments available only at select hospitals.

    Awards & recognition

    • Best in Northern California for cancer care

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    • Designated an early phase clinical trials core site by the Children's Oncology Group

    UCSF's Pediatric Cancer Program

    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
    • Completed medical forms that we will mail to you ahead of time

    For visitors

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

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    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.

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    Your Child's Care Team

    Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.

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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.

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    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.

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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.

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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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    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

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

    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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    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.

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    Our research initiatives

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    Soothing the soul

    Our music therapy program nurtures patients with bedside serenades, rap workshops and more.

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