How We Are Fighting Cancer

Despite tremendous medical advances, cancer remains the leading cause of death from disease among U.S. children. This year alone, an estimated 10,270 children age 14 and under will be diagnosed with cancer this year. For 1,190 of these young patients, the results will be fatal.

At UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, our world-renowned experts are leading the fight against pediatric cancer, from breakthrough research discoveries to patient-centered care. We’re one of the top hospitals in the nation, and best in the Bay Area, for pediatric cancer treatment.

By supporting #BeGold4Kids, you are helping to advance leading-edge therapies, cures, and possibilities previous generations could never have imagined. Your donation helps our patients in so many important ways:

Clinical Care

Comprehensive Care: Our program is at the forefront of cancer treatment, delivering state-of-the-art treatment methods that offer the best outcomes for kids. Our multidisciplinary team—including nurses, social workers, and child life specialists—ensures that our patients receive the psychosocial support they need in addition to top-notch medical care.

Clinical Trials: Our patients have access to some of the newest treatments and most promising clinical trials, including therapies for leukemia, brain tumors, neuroblastoma, and sarcomas.

Educational Liaison: Our on-site educational liaison helps families secure appropriate classroom placements and create individualized education plans to help patients easing the transition.

Support Services: Our social services help patients and their families deal with the complications and stresses that arise during cancer treatment, with a social worker available 24 hours a day. A dedicated team at the hospital, Child Life Services, helps kids to be kids, even when facing medical challenges, with activities like art and music therapy, bingo nights, therapy dog visits, and much more.

Long-term Care: Many survivors experience long-term side effects that threaten their mental or physical health. We offer a regular clinic for former patients to consult with a doctor, nurse, and social worker. The team reviews health risks, shares information about new research, and refers patients to specialists and support programs.



From Bench to Bedside: Our experts translate discoveries from the laboratory into targeted treatments that transform kids’ lives. Ongoing studies include an initiative aimed to identify new therapies for deadly pediatric cancers through genome and RNA sequencing, and an innovative new medication that retrains the immune system to more effectively target tumor cells.

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average length of treatment for brain tumors

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average length of treatment for leukemia



average number of outpatient chemotherapy visits for patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia



patients diagnosed with pediatric cancer at our hospitals in 2016