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Precision Cancer Medicine Program

At UCSF, we believe cancer therapy works best when it's tailored to the patient. Our Pediatric Precision Cancer Medicine Program makes this personalized care possible for children, teens and young adults with any kind of cancer, including cancers that are rare, high-risk or resistant to standard therapies.

Our team uses leading-edge tools, such as the UCSF500 Cancer Gene Panel, to identify the genetic signatures of a patient's disease. These findings can help us diagnose cancers more precisely and allow us to design personalized treatment plans that maximize effectiveness while minimizing side effects. We also work alongside other UCSF specialists to make sure all our patients receive care that's comprehensive, top-notch and compassionate.

What's more, our doctors are leaders in national research groups dedicated to childhood cancers, including leukemia, neuroblastoma and pediatric brain tumors. This means our patients can access treatments that are still being tested in clinical trials. We're the only Northern California hospital that's part of the National Cancer Institute's Pediatric Early Phase Clinical Trials Network, a small group of top institutions tasked with developing new therapies for cancers affecting kids.

Many of the precision cancer services we provide are not readily available at other hospitals, and some are offered only at UCSF. Yet patients who don't live near the Bay Area can still benefit from our expertise: We work with oncologists throughout the country and world to analyze tumor samples and guide treatments that can be administered by the patient's local care team.

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To schedule an appointment with the Pediatric Precision Cancer Medicine Program, please give us a call at (415) 476-3831.

Please note that many insurance plans require a referral from your child's primary care physician before you schedule a visit at UCSF. We ask that you contact your insurance carrier to check if you need an authorization before your appointment. If a referral is required, please ask your child's primary care physician to fax a referral form and any applicable medical records to the UCSF Pediatric Access Center at (415) 353-4485.

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    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.

    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

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    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

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