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Hematology Oncology

The Hematology Oncology Department at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, also known as the Cancer and Blood Diseases Center, is one of the leading cancer and blood disease treatment and research centers in the United States, developing and evaluating therapies that offer the best opportunities for survival and quality of life. Because of our participation in clinical trials and hematology studies, we're able to provide a comprehensive list of services in cancer, brain tumors. Relapsed cancers, thrombophilia, inherited blood diseases and stem cell or bone marrow transplantation. At the same time, care for our patients is offered in a warm and supportive environment where we can help children thrive and grow.

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Why Families Choose Us

Pioneering Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Care

  • A nationally-recognized leader in pediatric oncology. As part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG)and multiple national and regional clinical trial networks, we have access to some of the newest emerging clinical trials and specialized hematology and oncology treatments available.
  • We participate and lead bold new therapies including curative gene therapy for inherited blood disorders such as Thalassemia and Sickle Cell disease.
  • The programs in Thalassemia, Sickle Cell disease and Blood and Marrow Transplant lead clinical trial networks nationally and internationally.
  • Our program collaborates in multi-center research to foster the advancement of new diagnostic and intervention therapies.
  • Our 25-bed inpatient Hematology Oncology Transplant unit is air-controlled to protect our immune-suppressed patients. The transplant unit also has its own playroom and schoolroom that may be used by your child during treatment. There are private, air-filtered isolation rooms for children staying with us long-term.
  • Outpatient transfusion and chemotherapy services are provided in a 20-bed day-use unit.

Multidisciplinary Care

  • Every child who comes through our doors gets personalized attention from our team of specialists. From the attending board-certified hematologist-oncologist who oversees our department to the individual specialist physician assigned to each patient, we take a team approach that ensures your child receives the best care possible.
  • Many of our programs have multi-disciplinary clinics to enhance the care each patient receives, understanding that a team approach better serves the medical and logistical needs of our patients. Patients and families that attend these clinics can expect to be seen by multiple physician specialists and other critical members of the team that attend to all their medical needs as well as emotional, social and financial needs.
  • Our Hematology Oncology Program includes a multidisciplinary Tumor Board comprised of oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists and bone marrow transplant specialists who come together weekly to discuss each child's individual case and develop a specialized treatment plan tailored to each child’s unique situation.