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Liver Tumor Clinic

The UCSF Liver Tumor Clinic specializes in caring for patients with early- and intermediate-stage hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer, as well as other benign and cancerous liver tumors. Patients with advanced liver cancer are treated at UCSF's Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology Clinic.

Our world-renowned team consists of hepatologists, or liver specialists, as well as surgeons and interventional radiologists, specialists who use medical imaging techniques to perform minimally invasive procedures. All team members have expertise in treating liver cancer. In fact, our team has driven many innovations in liver cancer care, including advances that have improved outcomes and made more patients eligible for liver transplants.

When needed, patients are seen by all three types of specialists in one convenient visit, sparing patients who live far away from making multiple trips to San Francisco to get the care they need.

We offer a range of treatment options. These include surgery to remove the tumor, often using minimally invasive methods that lower the risk of postsurgical complications and lead to faster recoveries; liver transplantation (through the Liver Transplant Program, known for its ability to handle the most complex cases and for its large living donor program); and interventional radiology procedures, in which the doctor uses a variety of technologies to deliver treatments to the tumor, either directly or via its blood supply. Interventional radiology treatments can shrink or destroy tumors without causing significant damage to the liver.

UCSF Health also offers many support services, from exercise counseling to meditation classes, designed to bolster patients' well-being during treatment and beyond.

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    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • Best in Northern California in cancer care

    • NIH-2x

      Designated comprehensive cancer center

    Support services

    Support Group

    Art for Recovery

    Creativity can help people with serious illnesses cope, heal and express what they're going through. Find out about our program and how to join.

    Fitness

    Cancer Exercise Counseling

    Our one-on-one exercise training sessions, customized for your needs and abilities, can complement other cancer treatments and speed your recovery.

    Support Group

    Cancer Support Groups

    Support groups held by the Ida and Joseph Friend Patient and Family Cancer Support Center are free and available to all patients, whether or not you get your health care at UCSF.

    Fitness

    Core and More Class

    A strong body helps you fight cancer and enjoy life. Join this class to stabilize your core, strengthen your muscles and improve overall fitness. For cancer patients and caregivers!

    Patient Resource

    Friend to Friend Gift Shop

    A one-stop boutique for patients with cancer. Get professional help with wigs, prostheses, sun-protective clothing, makeup, skin care and more.

    Class

    Meditation and Guided Imagery for Cancer Patients

    Drop in for a free class designed to help you heal, relax and find balance during your treatment. UCSF and non-UCSF patients are welcome.

    Patient Resource

    Oncology Social Work

    Social workers can be key members of your cancer care team. Reach out for support, problem solving and help accessing UCSF's many cancer-related resources.

    Patient Resource

    Patient and Family Cancer Support Center

    You'll find support groups, classes, a library, treatment information, special events and much more to promote wellness and healing for patients and families.

    Support Group

    Peer Support Program for Cancer

    Patients are matched with peer support volunteers according to criteria such as diagnosis, cancer stage, age or gender. Speak to someone who's "been there."

    Fitness

    Restorative Movement Class

    Explore simple movements that help you feel more powerful and comfortable in your body. This fun and free UCSF class is aimed at those in recovery from cancer.

    Patient Resource

    Spa Infusion

    Pamper yourself while fighting cancer. Free treatments for patients receiving chemotherapy at our Mount Zion campus include massage, acupressure and more.

    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 condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    1825 Fourth St.
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    Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology Clinic

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    1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
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    Liver Transplant Program

    400 Parnassus Ave., Third Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Psycho-Oncology

    Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

    1600 Divisadero St.
    San Francisco, CA 94115

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